Rogers Media to Acquire Certain Conventional and Specialty Television Services from CTVglobemedia Inc.


    Assets to be purchased are currently under the control of John D.
    McKellar Trustee under Voting Trust Agreement in Respect of CHUM Limited

    TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ - Rogers Media and CTVglobemedia Inc. ("CTVgm")
today announced an agreement under which Rogers Broadcasting, a Rogers Media
subsidiary, would acquire certain Canadian conventional and specialty
television services from CTVglobemedia Inc. These assets are currently under
the control of Mr. John D. McKellar, C.M., Q.C., Trustee under a Voting Trust
Agreement in respect of CHUM Limited. CHUM Limited and Mr. McKellar are also
parties to this agreement.
    This transaction is subject to Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC") and Competition Bureau approval. The
agreement is also subject to CRTC approval of CTVgm's acquisition of CHUM
Limited, which included a commitment to divest these assets.The all cash transaction is valued at $137.5 million and includes the
following television assets:

    -   The A-Channel station group of six over-the-air conventional
        broadcast television stations including CIVI Victoria, CHWI Windsor,
        CKNX Wingham, CFPL London, CKVR Barrie, and CHRO Ottawa;

    -   CKX-Television, an over-the-air conventional CBC affiliate based in
        Brandon, Manitoba broadcasting CBC, local and syndicated programming
        to Western Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan;

    -   ACCESS Alberta, the designated provincial educational television
        broadcaster for Alberta, available over-the-air and via cable,
        satellite and telco distributors;

    -   CLT (Canadian Learning Television), Canada's only national
        educational television specialty service designed to inform, enrich
        and educate, available via cable, satellite and telco distributors;
        and

    -   SexTV: The Channel, an English language digital specialty service,
        dedicated to love, romance, marriage, relationships, sexuality and
        gender issues, available across Canada via cable, satellite and telco
        distributors."Rogers has built its successful television business by serving
community-focused and niche audiences," said Rael Merson, President, Rogers
Broadcasting. "The acquisition of these 10 television services will
significantly expand our television operations and solidify our position as an
important participant in the Canadian television industry. This also
complements our strong position in Canadian radio, sports broadcasting and
publishing."
    "These important stations are run by very talented people and we are
delighted to have been able to find them a wonderful home at Rogers
Broadcasting," said Ivan Fecan, CTVglobemedia President and Chief Executive
Officer and CEO of CTV Inc. "Rogers is a highly respected Canadian media
company. They are great builders and as such, are an excellent fit as the
purchaser of these assets. I know they will continue to grow the specialty
channels and apply their significant expertise, financial resources and
commitment to conventional tv to ensure the A-Channel local stations not only
survive, but thrive. This acquisition will both provide for diversity of local
voices and give Rogers the scale to emerge as the fourth national English
language over the air player together with CTV, CanWest and the CBC."

    About the Companies:

    Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI;
NYSE: RG) operates Rogers Broadcasting and Rogers Publishing. Rogers
Broadcasting has 51 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television
properties include multicultural television broadcaster Rogers OMNI
Television, which is a free over-the-air system consisting of four regional
broadcasters; The Shopping Channel, a televised and electronic shopping
service; Rogers Sportsnet, Canada's live event and high-definition leader, and
the management of two digital television services. Rogers Publishing produces
many well-known consumer magazines such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, Flare,
L'actualité and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of
industry, medical and financial publications. All media properties are
integrated with their own popular web sites. Rogers Media also owns The
Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and Rogers Centre, a year-round sports and
entertainment facility.

    Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG) is a diversified Canadian
communications and media company engaged in three primary lines of business.
Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications
services provider and the country's only carrier operating on the world
standard GSM technology platform. Rogers Cable and Telecom is Canada's largest
cable television provider offering cable television, high-speed Internet
access, residential telephony services, and video retailing, while its Rogers
Business Solutions division is a national provider of voice communications
services, data networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small,
medium and large businesses. Rogers Media is Canada's premier collection of
category leading media assets with businesses in radio and television
broadcasting, televised shopping, publishing and sports entertainment. For
further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit
www.rogers.com.

    CTVglobemedia is one of Canada's premier multi-media companies with
ownership interests in CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. operates 21
conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include: an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Toronto Raptors and the Air Canada Centre; and an interest in Dome
Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high
definition production facilities.

    Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
    This release includes forward-looking statements and assumptions
concerning the future performance of our business, its operations and its
financial performance and condition. These forward-looking statements include,
but are not limited to, statements with respect to our objectives and
strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to
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and similar expressions generally constitute forward-looking statements. Such
forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and various
factors and assumptions applied which we believe to be reasonable at the time.
We caution that all forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and
that actual results may differ materially from the assumptions, estimates or
expectations reflected in the forward-looking information. Accordingly, we
warn investors to exercise caution when considering any such forward-looking
information herein and to not place undue reliance on such statements and
assumptions. We are under no obligation (and we expressly disclaim any such
obligation) to update or alter any forward-looking statements or assumptions
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as
required by law.

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For further information: Rogers Media: Media - Jan Innes, (416)
935-3525, jan.innes@rci.rogers.com; Investors - Bruce M. Mann, (416) 935-3532,
bruce.mann@rci.rogers.com; For CTVglobemedia: Mary Powers, (416) 332-7135,
mpowers@ctvglobemedia.com