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CTV Inc. launching seven digital channels for fall 2001

    Coming soon: "CTV Travel", "WTSN", "Animal Planet", "Discovery
    Civilization", "ESPN Classic Canada", "NHL Network" and "RDS Info Sports"

TORONTO,Aug. 21 2001 --Seven new Digital Channels are gearing up for a
FALL 2001 LAUNCH, CTV Inc. announced today. They are "WTSN", "NHL NETWORK",
and French-language service "RDS INFO SPORTS". Together, they will extend the
genres of parent company CTV Inc.'s successful specialty properties.

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    "WTSN", "Animal Planet", "Discovery Civilization", "CTV Travel", "ESPN
Classic Canada" will make their digital debuts on Friday, September 7. "NHL
Network" will launch on Monday, October 1 to coincide with the beginning of
the National Hockey League regular season, while "RDS Info Sports", Canada's
only French-language sports news channel, is scheduled to launch on Thursday,
October 25.
    "In developing our digital strategy, we sought to develop the most
attractive services that would serve the largest possible audiences," said
Rick Brace, President of NetStar Communications Inc. "We drew on our
competencies in our sports- and science-based specialty networks as well as
the strength of CTV, Canada's No.1 television network, to create logical
extensions in the digital environment."
    The new channels will be available to Canadians who have digital cable or
satellite services, such as Bell ExpressVu.
    "Our experience in creating Canada's most successful specialty network,
TSN, has allowed us to develop a recipe for success to be applied to WTSN,
ESPN Classic Canada, NHL Network, and RDS Info Sports," said Brace.
"Similarly, the standard set by Discovery Channel, consistently rated Canada's
No.1 network for viewer satisfaction, has had strong resonance with Canadians.
Animal Planet, one of the highest-rated and most successful specialty networks
in the United States, along with Discovery Civilization and CTV Travel will
all guarantee to add outstanding diversity to our strong family of digital

    Below is a brief description of each service:

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programming grids and information is available by fax. Please call the
contacts listed below.

    Welcome to Animal Planet, where incredible creatures - from dogs and cats
to lions and lemurs - interact with humans every day. It's wild and woolly,
always fascinating and fun to watch. If you like animals, you're going to love
Animal Planet. It's great family fare.

    Now you're going places! Whether you're planning a business trip or
dreaming of a fantastic holiday, let CTV Travel be your expert guide. Alluring
tropical paradises, majestic mountains, fun-filled family resorts, exciting
cities, charming villages and many other fabulous destinations await you
throughout Canada and abroad with a distinctly Canadian point of view.

    Visit a world of diverse cultures, exciting eras, grand cities and
cherished monuments that have shaped course of life on earth. Discover how
various cultures developed and learn what science detectives are finding out
about how our ancestors lived and died. Embrace the wonder and beauty of it
all on Discovery Civilization.

    Entertaining and educational, ESPN Classic Canada will allow viewers to
relive the world's greatest sports moments through encore broadcasts of
classic sports events and legendary match-ups, documentaries, and other
special presentations. Programming also includes sports movies as well as
classic interviews with the world's most famous sports figures.

    NHL Network fuels the passion of hockey-crazed viewers, taking them from
rink to rink each night of the hockey season. Complete with comprehensive and
breaking news, highlight packages, analysis, 'Insider' reports and arena-
surfing action, the NHL Network is the ultimate stop on the dial for hockey

    Scheduled to launch October 25, RDS Info Sports is the only French-
language television network devoted exclusively to sports news. The new
digital network will deliver up-to-date sporting news every 15 minutes, 24
hours a day, seven days a week. Info Sports will cover regional, national and
international sports at the university, amateur and professional levels.

    The world's first 24-hour sports network dedicated to celebrating the
achievements of women in sports is WTSN. Its unique format offers sports fans
the opportunity to enjoy events, competitions and championships that showcase
the world's elite female athletes. Programming includes news and current
affairs, documentaries, instruction, movies and magazine shows.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of
quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts
the number-one national newscast, "CTV News With Lloyd Robertson", and is the
number-one choice for day-time and prime-time viewing. CTV owns 25
conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 33 pay and
specialty channels, including Canada's number-one specialty channel, TSN. CTV
is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More
information about CTV may be found on the company Web Site at


For further information: contact: Shea Warrington Hayes, Communications
Manager, (416) 332-4222 for Animal Planet, CTV Travel, Discovery Civilization;
Keith Marnoch, Communications Manager, (416) 490-7041 for WTSN, ESPN Classic
Canada, NHL Network, RDS Info Sports;
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