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Bell Canada Announces Appointment of COO

MONTREAL,Oct. 19 2005 --- Michael Sabia, President and CEO of BCE
and CEO of Bell Canada, today announced the appointment of George Cope as
President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Canada.
    Mr. Cope, formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS
Mobility, will report to Mr. Sabia. He will be responsible for Bell's
Residential Services which include the wireline, internet and video
businesses, as well as the company's Enterprise, Small and Medium Business and
Wholesale units. Mr. Cope will join Bell in January 2006.
    "I have long regarded George as one of the leading telecom executives in
North America," said Mr. Sabia. "I am convinced his entrepreneurial style will
make a major contribution to the changes under way at Bell Canada. He is a
proven executive with an impressive track record that makes him ideally suited
to lead our various customer-facing groups. George will focus on driving
revenues, delivering new products to the marketplace and enhancing our
customer service."
    In addition, Mr. Sabia announced the appointment of Stephen Wetmore as
Group President Corporate Performance and National Markets for Bell Canada. In
this new broader capacity, Mr. Wetmore will have overall responsibility for
improving Bell's cost structure. Reporting to Mr. Wetmore in his new position
will be Bell's finance group and the supply management and procurement
organization. Mr. Wetmore will continue reporting to Mr. Sabia.
    "Stephen is the ideal executive to lead our efforts to simplify our
internal business processes and intensify our efforts to build a new cost
structure for the company. Stephen's focus will be to ensure the profitability
of our growth by matching our cost structure to the competitive realities of
the marketplace." said Mr. Sabia.
    "I'm delighted that George has joined Bell," said Mr. Sabia. "With this
appointment, we have further strengthened the executive leadership of the
company. Along with Stephen's new broader role and other recent appointments,
these changes bring an ever-sharper focus to the day-to-day execution of our
business plans. Going forward, we're now solidly positioned to build upon
those business plans and execute on the broader strategies within our overall

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada, Canada's national leader in communications, provides
connectivity to residential and business customers through wired and wireless
voice and data communications, local and long distance phone services, high
speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, e-business
solutions and satellite television services. Bell Canada is wholly owned by
BCE Inc. For more information please visit

For further information: Pierre Leclerc, Media Relations, (514) 391-2007
or 1-877-391-2007 ; Thane
Fotopoulos, Investor
Relations, (514) 870-4619,

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