Jacques Parisien, Charles Benoît, and Luc Quétel Appointed to Bell Media
- Parisien to become President, National Specialty and Pay TV, Radio, and
- As President, Television and Radio, Québec, Benoît to lead Bell Media's
French-language TV, radio, and new media teams as one operating unit in
- Luc Quétel named President of Bell Media's OOH unit, Astral Out-of-Home -
- Pierre Roy to retire after a brilliant career in French-language television -
- André Bureau thanked for contribution to Canadian media industry -
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MONTRÉAL, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media, announced
today the appointments of Jacques Parisien as President, National Specialty
and Pay TV, Radio, and Out-of-Home; Charles Benoît as President, Television
and Radio, Québec; and Luc Quétel as President, Astral Out-of-Home. Upon
tomorrow's close of the Astral-Bell Media transaction, the three seasoned
Astral executives will join Bell Media's Senior Leadership Team, with Benoît
and Quétel both reporting to Parisien.
Reporting to Crull and based in Montréal, Parisien will oversee Bell Media's
national specialty and pay television and radio properties as well as the
company's out-of-home operations, which will be led by Quétel from Montréal.
Benoît will oversee Bell Media's French-language (non-sports) TV, radio, and
new media teams, which will be united in one unit in Montréal.
Pierre Roy, currently President, Les Chaînes Télé Astral and President,
MusiquePlus Inc., will retire after an exceptional career in French-language
television. Additionally, André Bureau, Chairman of the Board for Astral,
will continue his work as counsel at law firm Heenan Blaikie.
As President, National Specialty and Pay TV, Radio and Out-of-Home, Parisien
will be responsible for Bell Media's 34 national specialty television, four
pay TV services, and 107 radio properties, in English and French, as well as
the operation of Bell Media's OOH business, which will retain its name as
Astral Out-of-Home. Parisien's intimate knowledge of the media landscape and
relationship with the production community will both benefit Bell Media and
the broadcasting system as a whole.
"Jacques Parisien has played a significant role in the developing the vision
of our new company," said Crull. "His vast experience, leadership and
extensive relationship with all industry stakeholders - especially in Québec
- make Jacques a tremendous addition to Bell Media's senior management team."
Charles Benoît will lead from Montréal all of Bell Media's French-language
TV, radio, and new media operations, including the programming, marketing, and
communications functions of Bell Media's 21 French-language and four
English-language radio stations in Québec, six French-language (non-sports)
specialty and pay channels, and their affiliated digital properties, as well
as the operations and local sales of the 25 radio stations.
"Charles is a highly-respected veteran with a remarkable track record in the
media industry," said Crull. "His tremendous experience will be instrumental
in making Bell Media the clear leader in Québec."
As President, Astral Out-of-Home, Luc Quétel will oversee the operations of
Bell Media's out-of-home network of more than 9,500 advertising faces
strategically located in the key markets of Québec, Ontario and British
Columbia, with product lines including outdoor advertising, street furniture,
transportation and digital.
"Luc has been instrumental in making Astral Out-of-Home the industry's
indisputable innovation leader," said Crull. "Under Luc's direction and paired
with Bell Media's assets, Astral Out-of-Home is poised for even stronger
"Pierre Roy is a true builder of Québec's television landscape," said Crull.
"He played a central role in bringing Astral to the forefront of Canada's
specialty television industry. As Astral joins with Bell Media, we hope to
build on his legacy."
"An architect of Astral's success as well as former Chairman of the CRTC, I
would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to André Bureau for his
significant contribution to Canada's media industry," said Crull.
Jacques Parisien joined Astral in 1994. Hecurrently holds the positions of
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Astral Media Inc. and
President of Astral Radio. He oversees all of Astral's operations and the
company's growth strategy. He has spent his professional career in the
communications industry, having worked several years at Telemedia before
Charles Benoît has made a career in management in the Canadian communications
industry for nearly 25 years, preceded by 10 years in the film industry. He
currently is Executive Vice-President of Astral Radio. He is responsible for
the overall operations of Astral Radio's 84 radio stations across Canada and
associated digital properties and development opportunities.
Luc Quétel has nearly 20 years of advertising experience that includes some
15 years in the media, primarily in sales and product development. He has
worked mostly with the transportation industry, with a particular focus on
rail and airports. In 1998, he founded Passeportmedia, one of the world's
first companies to adopt plasma screen technology for an advertising network.
Astral bought his company in 2005. Quétel is currently Astral's
Vice-President, Business Development.
Pierre Roy has been involved in almost all facets of the television and media
industry for more than 30 years. He started his career as a producer, later
becoming Vice-President of Programming at Radio-Québec (now Télé-Québec).
Pierre has been president of Les Chaînes Télé Astral since 1992 and of
MusiquePlus Inc. since 2007, overseeing Astral's eight French-language
specialty television channels. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Prix
Gémeaux Grand Prix de l'Académie for his invaluable contribution to Quebéc
André Bureau has spent his professional career in the communications
industry. He joined Astral in 1990 as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Astral Bellevue Communications Inc. and has since occupied several executive
roles within the company. In 2002, the Academy of Canadian Film and Television
awarded him the Prix Gémeaux Grand Prix de l'Académie for his exceptional
contribution to the Canadian television industry. The following year he
received the Gold Ribbon for broadcast excellence awarded by the Association
of Canadian Broadcasters (ACR) and in November 2004, he was introduced into
the Hall of Fame by the ACR for his outstanding achievements and contributions
to the private broadcasting and to Canada. He was named Officer of the Order
of Canada in 1991 and Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France in
1992. In 2012, he was made Officer of the National Order of Québec. Until
1989, André was Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and
About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates
content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire
audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's
premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio,
out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media will own 30 local
television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 34 specialty
channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in
English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and
Super Écran; and will be managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service
Viewer's Choice Canada. Bell Media will also be Canada's largest radio
broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 50 markets across Canada.
Bell Media will own Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and
innovative out-of-home advertising companies. Bell Media will also operate
more than 200 websites, deliver TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video
streaming services, including TMN GO and Bravo GO, and own Dome Productions
Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc.
(TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell
Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
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