TSN and W5 Team Up to Investigate Counterfeiting in Sports in Original Feature Series FAKING IT, Premiering February 5

— February 3, 2015

– TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead investigates the issue of counterfeiting in the sports industry in this three-part original feature series, premiering Thursday, Feb. 5 on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SPORTSCENTRE –
– The complete, original W5 story FAKING IT airs Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET as part of CTV’s acclaimed investigative series W5 –

TORONTO (February 3, 2015) – TSN and CTV’s W5 have teamed up to investigate the issue of counterfeiting in the sports industry in the three-part original feature series FAKING IT, premiering Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE, before airing in its entirety on W5 on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO. In a special co-production powered by SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s most-watched sports news and information show, and CTV’s W5, the most-watched investigative news program in Canada, FAKING IT is hosted by TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead and directed by Gemini Award-winning TSN Feature Producer Paul Harrington, with W5 Senior Producer Brett Mitchell leading the investigative team. <<MEDIA NOTE: Click here to watch the trailer for FAKING IT >> << MEDIA NOTE: Rick Westhead is available for interviews. Please contact rob.duffy@bellmedia.ca for availability >> “When Toronto police told me how many fake NHL jerseys have flooded into the Toronto market alone, and how organized crime is becoming more invested in the business, I knew this was a story sports fans needed to hear,” said Rick Westhead, Senior Correspondent, TSN. “Fans have such strong emotional ties to their favourite players and teams, and those ties are the reason they are willing to pay so much money for jerseys, game tickets, and autographs. With FAKING IT, we look into the way those three pillars of the sports business are under attack by counterfeiters.” FAKING IT examines the ways in which sports fans are being deceived by fake tickets, how some sports memorabilia may not be what it seems, and how bogus team jerseys make their way into the Canadian marketplace. Along the way, Rick Westhead visits Canada’s biggest sports memorabilia show in an attempt to test the eye of expert authenticators, talks to professional sports organizations and their fans about the proliferation of fake tickets being sold online, and takes a hidden camera inside Chinese factories to investigate the making of knock-off jerseys that could soon be sold under the guise of officially licensed apparel. FAKING IT will be available for streaming on CTV and TSN Digital platforms after each of the series’ three parts makes its debut. Once it airs, fans can visit TSN.ca and W5.CTVNews.ca to watch the series in its entirety, alongside a slate of bonus clips. FAKING IT appears in every episode of SPORTSCENTRE from Feb. 5-7, with each part premiering in the 6 p.m. ET edition. The complete, original W5 documentary airs on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. The broadcast schedule is as follows:
  • Part One: The Name Game – Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE
  • Part Two: Tickets to Nowhere –  Friday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE
  • Part Three: Jersey Ploys – Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE
  • FAKING IT – Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV’s W5

About CTV

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 13 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. 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.

About TSN

TSN is Canada’s Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country, TSN’s roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

About W5

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 49th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson, W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awards including the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.

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