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Monday, October 27, 2008
Bell Aliant announces Karen Sheriff as new President and CEO

HALIFAX, NS – Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund1 (TSX: BA.UN) today announced that Karen Sheriff has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Aliant, effective November 3, 2008. 

Ms. Sheriff is currently Chief Operating Officer of Bell Aliant and will succeed Stephen Wetmore, who in July 2008 announced his intention to step down. Ms. Sheriff is a Director of Bell Aliant and has served in that capacity, and as a Director of its predecessor company, Aliant Inc., since 2004.

“Bell Aliant is a tremendous organization, with a deservedly proud tradition of financial performance and customer service,” said Ms. Sheriff. “I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity and to working with such a talented team.”

“Karen’s extensive experience as a telecommunications executive and deep knowledge of Bell Aliant position her well to provide sound leadership to our organization,” said Charles White, Chair of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee and Lead Independent Director for Bell Aliant.

Ms. Sheriff became President, Small and Medium Business, Bell Canada in June 2003.  She joined Bell Canada in May 1999 as Senior Vice President of Product Management & Development and later became Chief Marketing Officer.  Prior to this, she ran Corporate Marketing and Branding at Ameritech Inc.

Ms. Sheriff has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women three times and in 2007, she was named to the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Women Hall of Fame. 

About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America’s largest regional communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology  services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions.  Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT professional services in Canada and the US.  Bell Aliant’s 10,000 employees are committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.

1 Bell Aliant derives all of its income from its indirect ownership in Bell Aliant Regional Communications Holdings, Limited Partnership ("Bell Aliant Holdings LP") and Bell Nordiq Trust. Bell Aliant Holdings LP’s results combine the results of Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership ("Bell Aliant LP), Télébec, Limited Partnership ("Télébec") and NorthernTel, Limited Partnership ("NorthernTel"). 

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