Rogers Secures Multi-year Sub-licensing Deals with CBC and TVA Sports for NHL
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2013
- Hockey Night in Canada brand lives strong across all channels and platforms
- CBC tradition continues with Saturday night games and playoffs -
- TVA Sports new home of all national French-language broadcasts -
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Rogers Communications today announced
multi-year sub-licensing agreements with CBC and TVA Sports for NHL games,
beginning with the 2014-15 season. This deal follows today's earlier
announcement in which Rogers Communications and the NHL secured a long-term
broadcast and multimedia agreement, providing Rogers with all national rights
on all platforms in all languages.
"We are proud to select CBC as our partner to carry on the Hockey Night in
Canada tradition for Canadians," said Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers
Communications. "We are also excited about our long-standing sports alliance
with TVA Sports and Quebecor, which will use its many channels and platforms
to deliver French-language NHL coverage."
As part of the multi-year agreement, CBC will continue to air
nationally-televised regular season games on Saturday night and playoff
games. In addition, the iconic Hockey Night in Canada brand will continue on
CBC and be used across all Rogers channels and platforms on Saturday nights.
Today's announcement with CBC is part of an intent to create a larger extended
partnership between Rogers Media and CBC, in which Rogers and CBC will work
together on future sports alliances for Canadian sports fans.
"Given the NHL agreement with Rogers," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and
CEO of CBC/Radio Canada, "we were happy to come to an agreement with Rogers to
ensure all Canadians from coast to coast to coast would continue to have
hockey available on Saturday night and through the playoffs. Partnerships
like this one are a strategic way for CBC to promote the public interest in
today's broadcasting landscape."
The multi-year deal with TVA Sports includes exclusive French-language
multiplatform rights for national NHL games.
"At Quebecor, we are passionate about hockey and we are excited to become the
official French-language broadcaster of the NHL in Canada. Through our
convergence strategy, I can guarantee that all French-language hockey fans
will be able to benefit from the best possible multiplatform viewing
experience," said Robert Dépatie, President and CEO of Quebecor and Quebecor
"Rogers has enjoyed terrific partnerships with CBC and TVA over the years, and
we look forward to continue working together to bring Canadians more NHL
games, more content and more choice like never before," said Keith Pelley,
President, Rogers Media.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the
regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse
regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal
Quebecor, a Canadian telecommunications, entertainment and news media leader,
is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the
industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer
experience, all of Quebecor's subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by
their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor
(TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds a 75.36% interest in
Quebecor Media, which employs nearly 16,000 people in Canada. A family
business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community.
Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the
vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and
entrepreneurship. Visit our web site: www.quebecor.com. Follow us on Twitter:
Rogers is a leading diversified Canadian communications and media company. We
are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications
services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed
Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio
and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade
publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto
Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange
SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.
Chuck Thompson, CBC, 416.509.3315,email@example.com
Martin Tremblay, Quebecor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Goldstein, Rogers, 647.801.4394,email@example.com
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