TV Top 10: What Canadians Watched on Television in 2011

Recently released ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) Canada provides a snapshot of what Canadians were watching on television over the past 12 months, and Canada’s national pastime ranks at the top.

Pamela Anderson plays the Virgin Mary on A Russell Peters Christmas

Former Playboy Playmate of the month and actress in Baywatch Pamela Anderson plays the Virgin Mary in skit which airs on A Russell Peters Christmas special later this week.

Other guests on the show include Michael Bublé, Ted Lange (the bartender on the Love Boat), Jon Lovitz, and Peter’s own mother and baby daughter.

Bell secures Canadian broadcast rights to FIFA World Cup thru 2022

Bell Media and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have announced a deal which gives Bell exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

The agreement means FIFA World Cup coverage in Canada will air in English on CTV, TSN and in French on RDS. Bell also secured mobile and internet streaming rights for Canada.

Bell Mobile TV offers CTV and CTV2 for $1 an hour

Bell Media announced this week that it will offer live streaming of CTV and CTV Two to Bell Mobility Mobile TV subscribers.

Rogers withdraws from consortium bidding for Olympic broadcast rights

Rogers today announced it will not pursue a bid for the Canadian broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games as part of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.

“We had an option and chose not to exercise it.” said Rogers Media President Keith Pelley.

/A\ Network becomes CTV2 starting today

Bell Media’s CTV2, formerly known as the /A\ Network, launched today in standard definition.

The rebranded network will begin broadcasting in high definition to English Canadian viewers in Vancouver/Victoria, Toronto/Barrie, Ottawa, London, Windsor and Atlantic Canada on Wednesday

CTV expands weekend news in Ottawa

Bell Media said today that its local weekend news and information programs in Ottawa are getting a new on-air look including changes to two of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec’s more popular local shows

The CTV News at Six with Kimothy Walker, Ottawa’s most watched weekend news show, will expand to a full-hour program on Saturdays, beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.

Rebranded /A\ Network launches August 29th

Bell Media announced today that CTV Two, the rebranded /A\ network, will launch on August 29th in standard definition.

The rebranded network will begin broadcasting in high definition to English Canadian viewers in Vancouver/Victoria, Toronto/Barrie, Ottawa, London, Windsor and Atlantic Canada on August 31st.

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