CTV Mourns the Death of Legendary Canadian Sports Broadcaster Johnny Esaw

CTV Mourns the Death of Legendary Canadian Sports Broadcaster Johnny Esaw 
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TORONTO, April 7, 2013 /CNW/ - CTV extends its deepest condolences to the 
family, friends, and colleagues of legendary Canadian sports broadcaster 
Johnny Esaw. Esaw passed away yesterday in Toronto at the age of 87. 
"All of us at CTV and Bell Media are deeply saddened by the passing of Johnny 
Esaw, a true legend in sports broadcasting. Throughout his career, Johnny 
was a pioneer in his field and a relentless champion of Canadian amateur 
sports. His contributions to the CFL, figure skating, and the Olympic Games 
in Canada rank with those of the finest sports broadcast leaders in the 
country. Although Johnny retired from CTV in 1990, his impact and legacy 
still resonate with us at CTV, TSN, and RDS today. He will be truly missed," 
said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports, Bell Media. 
"I knew Johnny my entire professional career. Long before TSN and Sportsnet, 
as President of CTV Sports, he established himself as a true pioneer of sports 
television in Canada and beyond. He was our version of Roone Arledge. His 
support of figure skating is unsurpassed and his innovation in coverage of the 
sport, both as executive producer and commentator, is legendary around the 
world. I also remember Johnny for the many careers that he launched and the 
industry leaders that he created. He had the rare combination of being a 
brilliant business man and incredibly creative. To me he was a mentor and an 
icon. Canada and the sports world today mourn the loss of a great man," said 
Rick Brace, President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, Bell Media, and 
former President, TSN. 
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality 
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been 
Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV 
is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading 
assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, 
NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about 
CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca. 
Greg McIsaac, (w) 416.384.5180, (c) 416.458.3591,greg.mcisaac@bellmedia.ca 
SOURCE: CTV 
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