Bell Media Inc., part of Canadian communications company BCE Inc. (BCE, BCE.TO) has entered into a deal with the shareholders of Quebec-based entertainment and content delivery company Groupe V Média to acquire conventional television network V along with related digital assets. This includes the ad-supported video-on-demand service Noovo.ca.
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Bell Media noted that the transaction reinforces choice for French-language viewers.
Karine Moses, President, Bell Media Québec said ‘With today’s announcement Bell Media welcomes French-language conventional TV to its portfolio, creating more opportunities for viewers, advertisers, and content creators in Québec. In a fast-changing ecosystem, we are excited to provide new opportunities for V with the guidance and expertise of our dedicated and experienced Montréal-based management, programming, and production teams.
V Média owns and operates television stations in Montréal, Québec, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières, and has affiliate stations in Gatineau, Rivière-du-Loup and Val-d’Or. The company’s original programs include Occupation double, L’amour est dans le pré, and Un souper presque parfait.