Frappier oversees French-language 2010-2012 Olympic coverage for CTV-Rogers
has been appointed French Chef de Mission of the CTV-Rogers Media Consortium, where he
will oversee all French-language coverage of the Vancouver 2010 and
London 2012 Olympic Games.
Frappier, a Montreal native, will
also continue to serve in his current role as President and General
Manager of Le R seau des Sports (RDS), Canada’s No. 1 French-language
RDS’s Montreal office will be the
headquarters for CTV-Rogers’ French-language coverage of the Olympic
Games. Frappier will play a leading role in the development of the
1,100 total hours of French-language 2010 and 2012 Olympic television
coverage. All French-language Olympic
coverage will be originally produced by RDS, which currently produces
the majority of sports coverage in Quebec.
“Gerry has led the team that has
made RDS the uncontested source for sports among the French-speaking
population,” says Rick Brace, President of Revenue,
Business Planning and Sports, CTV Inc . “He is the perfect candidate to ensure that
the French coverage for Vancouver 2010 will be superlative.”
“Having worked with Gerry over
the years, I have seen first-hand his impeccable leadership skills,
creativity and drive for success. He is a motivator who thinks outside
the box and is widely respected in the broadcasting community for
raising the bar of French-language sports television,” said Keith
Pelley, President, CTV-Rogers Media Consortium.
“We are offering unprecedented
coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in terms of
quality, depth and hours on multiple platforms, giving more choice and
access than ever before. We are committed to making these the best
Olympic Games Canadians have ever seen, regardless of which official
language they choose to watch them in,” said Frappier.
In an effort to ensure widespread
distribution and greater accessibility of French-language networks,
CTV-Rogers has arranged for TQS, RDS and RIS Info Sports to be
available outside of Quebec and the National Capital Regional
free-of-charge during the Olympic Games. TQS will televise a total of
201 hours during the Vancouver Olympics, averaging 12 hours per day of
live and prime time coverage of every sport; RDS will present 304 hours
of coverage (19 hours per day), with an emphasis on sports/athletes of
particular interest to the French market; and RIS Info Sports will
provide 45 hours of coverage, with live event coverage and 15-minute
updates every hour.
This past year, under Frappier’s
leadership, RDS achieved record ratings for its coverage of the
Montreal Canadiens in the NHL Playoffs, surpassing audience levels
reached on conventional television.
Frappier joined RDS in 1998,
where he is currently responsible for programming, production,
acquisitions, sales and marketing. In 2000, Frappier was instrumental
in obtaining the category-1 digital specialty license, RIS Info Sports,
and oversaw the launch of the 24-hour all-sports news service in 2004.
Frappier is involved in several
charitable organizations, including Honourary Vice-President of Le D fi
sportif des athl tes handicap s, Governor of The Quebec Special
Olympics, and Administrator of The Montreal Canadiens Children’s