– Specialty television pioneer revolutionized how Canadians watch sports by launching the country’s first 24-hour all-sports television networks –
– Craig introduced leading specialty network Discovery to Canadians in 1995 –To tweet this release: http://bmpr.ca/1A8sZTK TORONTO (December 30, 2014) – Bell Media congratulates TSN and RDS founder Gordon Craig on being named to theOrder of Canada for his pioneering contributions to sports broadcasting and for his dedication to the Canadian television industry. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement and service to the nation. Craig joins an impressive list of Canadians named to the Order of Canada this month including Bell CEO George Cope, who was named a recipient for his leadership in corporate social responsibility, particularly in the area of mental health, and for his contributions to the telecommunications industry. “On behalf of everyone from TSN, RDS and the Bell Media family, I’d like to congratulate Gordon and his family on this tremendous honour,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “As the visionary behind TSN and RDS, Gordon revolutionized the way Canadians consume sports. It is because of Gordon’s work that millions of sports fans across the country are able to be a part of so many significant moments in Canadian sports history. A friend and a personal mentor of mine, Gordon’s innovation, unbridled passion, and leadership has inspired a generation of Canadian broadcasters.”
DOWNLOAD: http://bit.ly/1wwBwekAlready an accomplished sports producer, Craig left a successful career at the CBC to help create Canada’s first 24-hour all-sports television network. On September 1, 1984, The Sports Network – TSN – debuted, giving Canadians access to full day sports programming for the first time in the nation’s history. Craig expanded the network under the NetStar Communications umbrella with the launch of the 24-hour French language sports network Réseau des sports (RDS), as well as Discovery Channel Canada. Craig was also instrumental in founding the award-winning production company Dome Productions. For the past 30 years, Craig’s leading sports brands have brought Canadians thousands of memorable events from the professional and amateur sports world. Widely regarded as a pioneer in specialty sports television, Craig has hired and mentored some of the most prominent members of the Canadian broadcast media landscape, including Rick Brace, Phil King, Gerry Frappier, Paul Lewis, Michael Landsberg, Stewart Johnston, Rod Smith, Mark Milliere, Paul Graham, Vic Rauter, Mary Ellen Carlyle, Gord Cutler, Buck Martinez, John Wells, Scott Moore, Keith Pelley, and Jim Hughson among others. Craig’s leadership and broadcast innovations have won praise and accolades from across the broadcast industry including a Lifetime Achievement acknowledgement from the Gemini Awards, and Sports Media Canada’s Career Achievement Award. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Earlier this year, Craig's granddaughter Kyla Craig interviewed her grandfather in celebration of the network's 30thanniversary during her summer internship at TSN. When asked if he could start the network all over again and do something differently, the elder Craig replied, “Not a thing.” The full interview is available at TSN BarDown. 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 owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns 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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