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Bell Media To Acquire V Network And Noovo.ca - Quick Facts

Bell Media Inc., part of Canadian communications company BCE Inc. (BCE,BCE.TO) said Wednesday it has entered into a deal with the shareholders of Quebec-based entertainment and content delivery company Groupe V Média to acquire conventional television network V along with related digital assets. This includes the ad-supported video-on-demand service Noovo.ca.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Bell Media noted that the transaction reinforces choice for French-language viewers.

"With today's announcement Bell Media welcomes French-language conventional TV to its portfolio, creating more opportunities for viewers, advertisers, and content creators in Québec. In a fast-changing ecosystem, we are excited to provide new opportunities for V with the guidance and expertise of our dedicated and experienced Montréal-based management, programming, and production teams," said Karine Moses, President, Bell Media Québec.

V Média owns and operates television stations in Montréal, Québec, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières, and has affiliate stations in Gatineau, Rivière-du-Loup and Val-d'Or. The company's original programs include Occupation double, L'amour est dans le pré, and Un souper presque parfait.

In addition to V and Noovo.ca, Groupe V Média currently operates specialty channels ELLE Fictions and MAX, which are not subject to the transaction.

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