SOURCE: Blackout Media Corp.

June 02, 2006 12:07 ET

Ryan Bennett Passing

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 2, 2006 -- Blackout Media Corp. (PINKSHEETS: BKMP) -- It is with the deepest sadness that Fight Network bids farewell to our friend and colleague Mr. Ryan Bennett who died suddenly in an automobile accident on Wednesday.

The incident happened near Fillmore Utah when the SUV Ryan was driving in received a flat tire causing the vehicle to flip. Ryan's four children and wife Tonya where with him at the time. Tonya and two of the children Allison and Jada remain in hospital while the other two children Ashley and Braden have been released.

"Our payers and thoughts go out to the entire Bennett family," said Sandy Winick Chairman of The Fight Network. "Ryan had only been with us a short time, but the impression he left with the many people he touched in our organization I can honestly say will last a lifetime, his memory with never be forgotten here."

"I met Ryan a year ago in LA, when Fight Network was just getting ready to launch the channel up in Canada, the moment I began to talk with him I could sense right away I was meeting someone special, not just from the way he talked about his love for the fight game, but the way he carried himself, how he could make anyone feel like you had known him for years, that is how he made me feel and over the last year we got to know one another on more than just a business level, we talked about family which was so important to him, goals, dreams, plans, I like to think we became friends and I will truly miss Ryan but I will always cherish the time we spent together and the memories we created," Mike Garrow President, The Fight Network.

"Ryan was not only a fantastic person who had a way of making everyone around him feel great, but he was a one of a kind broadcaster as well," added Fight Network Vice-President of Programming, Brian Sobie. "He could anchor, report, host and do play by play at a very high level. Clearly he could have worked on network television doing a variety of sports but he chose to follow his passion for MMA. As the face and voice of our channel he is irreplaceable."

The Fight Network will be setting up a Memorial Fund in Ryan's name that will be available on its website starting early next week. Please visit our website for more details on how you can make a donation.

About The Fight Network.:

The Fight Network is a cross-platform media company with interest in television, radio, print and online content offerings. The Fight Network is the first and only all combatant sports and entertainment channel that delivers the very best in boxing, pro wrestling, mixed martial arts, and other combatant styles, along with top-notch "fight theme" movies documentaries and news 24 hours a day. For more details on The Fight Network please visit:

About Blackout Media Corp.:

Blackout Media Corp. is a holding company with an interest in Blackout Communications who is a diversified media and entertainment company conducting operations in digital television, VOD, PPV, radio, the Internet and print under the brand name "The Fight Network." The activities of Blackout Media Corp. are conducted principally in Canada and the United States.

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