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First Canada, Now The World. Canadian Idol Ryan Malcolm Takes Global Stage In World Idol, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on CTV

    -- CTV partners with 10 international broadcasters
       in globaltelevision event --

TORONTO, Nov. 13 2003 -- CTV announced today it has partnered with
10 international broadcasters to combine forces and broadcast World Idol, a
two-part international television special that will determine the world's
ultimate pop superstar. The global competition will pit Canadian Idol winner
Ryan Malcolm against Idol winners from 10 other countries - including original
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. The event will be staged in London,
England next month and telecast around the world in two parts. In Canada, the
competition round will air Christmas night, Thursday, Dec. 25 from
8-10 p.m. ET followed by the grand finale, one week later on New Year's Day,
Thursday, Jan. 1 from 8-9 p.m. ET on CTV.

    "I'm ridiculously excited about going back into competition," said
Malcolm. "I'm thrilled to represent Canada and I'm looking forward to kicking
some world butt."

    The first World Idol special (Dec. 25) features performances from each of
the 11 Idols contesting the world crown, with viewers in the participating
countries voting following the broadcast. The voting process will account for
population differences between competing countries (all voting details will be
announced later). The second World Idol special (Jan 1.) features the
thrilling worldwide results as each country's vote tabulation is revealed. To
one person and his or her country, belong the bragging rights that go with
global domination.

    "The world will see what Canadians already know," said Susanne Boyce, CTV
President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. "Ryan Malcolm is the

    The World Idol competitors are as follows (in chronological order, by
original broadcast):

    Series Title, Country of Origin and Broadcaster       Winner
    -----------------------------------------------       ------

    Pop Idol, United Kingdom (ITV)                        Will Young
    Idols, South Africa (M-NET)                           Heinz Winckler
    Idol, Poland (Polsat)                                 Alicja Janosz
    American Idol, USA (Fox)                              Kelly Clarkson
    Idols, Netherlands (RTL4)                             Jamai Loman
    Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Germany (RTL)        Alexander Klaws
    Idol, Norway (TV2)                                    Kurt Nilsen
    SuperStar, Pan-Arabic region (Future TV)              Diana Karazon
    Idool, Belgium (VTM)                                  Peter Evrard
    Canadian Idol, Canada (CTV)                           Ryan Malcolm
    Australian Idol, Australia (Network 10)               Winner TBA Nov. 19

    World Idol will be customized for broadcast in each market, with segments
being taped in both London and Toronto. Additionally, a representative from
each country's judging panel will travel to London to sit on an international
jury. CTV has partnered with Insight Productions, producers of Canadian Idol
and the award-winning 2003 Juno Awards, to produce World Idol for broadcast in

    Since it premiered as Pop Idol on ITV in the United Kingdom in October
2001, the Idols format has taken the world by storm, breaking ratings records
and scooping numerous industry awards in over 20 countries. Idols winners and
finalists, including Canada's Ryan Malcolm, have become major new recording
artists who have notched up phenomenal album and singles sales and numerous
number one chart hits.

    Since being crowned Canadian Idol on September 16, Kingston's Ryan
Malcolm, 24, has become a household name. His first release, Something More
has remained at the top of Canada's Singles Chart for five straight weeks. His
first full-length album, Home, will be released by BMG Canada Inc. on
December 9. Malcolm performs on the new CD, American Idol: The Great Holiday
Classics and appears on An American Idol Christmas, airing Tuesday, Nov. 25 at
8 p.m. ET on CTV.

    Canadian Idol finished as Canada's most-watched (English-language)
Canadian series since the advent of electronic measurement (1989). Nielsen
Media Research confirms that almost 6.5 million viewers tuned in during the
two-hour finale, which finished with an average audience of 3.01 million
viewers, the highest rated episode of the 26-part series. World Idol is
produced by FremantleMedia and 19TV in association with CTV and Insight

    /PHOTO NOTE: High-resolution photography for World Idol can be found at
CTV's media site,

For further information: Scott Henderson, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5305,; Mike Cosentino, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5048,

SOURCE Telesat

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