BBC Canada

BBC Canada

September 17, 2007 10:50 ET

Careful, guys: 1 in 3 Canadian women want to ditch their partner

Launch of special-edition tabloid reveals startling results from national survey by BBC CANADA

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2007) - Canadian men may be on thin ice and not even know it, according to a national survey of close to 1000 women conducted by Research House on behalf of BBC CANADA. The poll revealed that over 30 per cent of Canadian women think it may be time to call it quits with their current partner. And that's not the only thing they are keeping to themselves: Canadian women are holding back from saying what they really think about the people that matter most in their lives.

The surprising survey results will be revealed in BBC Telly, a new tabloid magazine featuring candid comments and photos of real Canadian women on the streets of Toronto, including real-life gossip, tabloid-worthy opinion, action, adventure and glamour.

Behind closed doors, Canadian women revealed more astonishing opinions they wish they could divulge to friends and loved ones. Some of their inner thoughts include:

When it comes to friends:
- Close to half felt a girlfriend was being used in a relationship
- Another 42 per cent were owed money, but felt too awkward to ask for it back
- More than 1 in 5 women wish they could say, "Girlfriend, it's your own fault he dumped you!"

When it comes to partners:
- Close to 35 per cent don't like their hubby's friends
- Almost 1 in 3 think it may be time to call it quits with their current partner
- And while 30 per cent think their mate needs to drop a few pounds, another 15 per cent take it a step further, as they would like to address poor performance between the sheets!

When it comes to the ex:
- More than 30 per cent had friends that never liked their partner in the first place
- Close to 1 in 3 felt he was "a big mistake"
- And as it turns out 20 per cent were actually embarrassed to be with their "significant other"

"The taboo opinions and real-life gossip that everyday Canadian women have, prove that they live lives that are a formidable match against any fast-living celebrity," says BBC Telly editor Shinan Govani. "BBC Telly gives them the cheeky outlet they've been waiting for to bluntly express their ideas and insight on fashion, sex, culture, and especially, on being Canadian."

Launched by BBC CANADA to celebrate its upcoming fall line-up of edgy British lifestyle programming, BBC Telly turns the British-style tabloid on its head, giving Canadian women an outlet where they can speak their minds without hesitation or regret - where they don't have to be so "bloody" Canadian. BBC Telly reflects the same frank, honest, and sometimes shocking approach to living that is characteristic of British television programming.

As a one-time insert, 250,000 copies of BBC Telly will be distributed across the GTA in today's Toronto Star. BBC Telly features sections including undressing life and love, perfect housewives and househusbands, road rage, and the struggle to be 'green' in the city.

An online version of the magazine is also available at www.bbccanada.com.

For more information and images from the programs featured in BBC CANADA's fall line-up, please visit our media site at: www.aacmedia.allianceatlantis.com; Username: aaci; Password: aacnews.

BBC CANADA is the home of the best and the boldest British television from the world-renowned BBC. For more information visit www.bbccanada.com.

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/For further information: Rupinder Gill
Communications, Fact and BBC Networks
Alliance Atlantis Communications
416.934.7853
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