Stephen Wetmore to step down as CEO of Bell Aliant Regional Communications

    HALIFAX, July 9 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund
("Bell Aliant" or the "Fund")(1) (TSX: BA.UN) announced today that Stephen
Wetmore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Aliant, will be leaving
his position effective December 31, 2008.
    Mr. Wetmore is the first Chief Executive Officer of Bell Aliant, having
led the company from its formation in July 2006. "Stephen has made a
tremendous contribution to Bell Aliant. He has unified the company and set it
on a clear path having established its top priority: customer service. As a
result of his work, the company has strong foundations for the future. On
behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank him for his singular contribution.
And we all wish him the very best for the next chapter of his career," said
Michael Sabia, Chair of the Bell Aliant Boards.
    Mr. Wetmore said "With Bell Aliant now on the firm footing we had
anticipated at its formation, and with the change in ownership and leadership
occurring at our major unitholder BCE, it is the right time for a transition
in leadership at Bell Aliant. I am most appreciative of the support of our
trustees, board and employees in helping to make Bell Aliant the success it is

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and

    (1) Bell Aliant derives all of its income from its indirect ownership in
    Bell Aliant Regional Communications Holdings, Limited Partnership ("Bell
    Aliant Holdings LP"). Bell Aliant Holdings LP's results combine the
    results of Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell
    Aliant LP), Télébec, Limited Partnership (Télébec) and NorthernTel,
    Limited Partnership (NorthernTel).
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