Astral Media and its listeners raise over $12 million for children's charities through radiothons



    MONTREAL, July 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B)
today celebrates a commitment to children's health. After tallying the
combined results of its fundraising initiatives over the past year, listeners
of its 82 radio stations have donated over $12 million to various children's
hospital foundations and organizations across the country. The funds were
collected in radiothons and fundraising campaigns held in recent months in
more than 20 Canadian cities.
    "Our nine million listeners and our employees across Canada once again
demonstrated their generosity, and I would like to give them my personal
thanks," said Ian Greenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astral
Media. "The donations will help provide children with accessible and
compassionate healthcare of the highest quality. These young girls and boys
represent our future. That is why it is so important that we do everything we
can to ensure they take full advantage of life."
    Astral Media's 82 radio stations employ more than 2000 people in
35 cities spread across eight Canadian provinces. From coast to coast, our
radio stations and employees play leading roles in the communities we serve.
    For a detailed list of dates, amounts collected and beneficiaries, please
consult the appendix.

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral
Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its
commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for
all its audiences. To learn more, visit www.astralmedia.com.

    
                                   APPENDIX
                   ASTRAL MEDIA RADIO RADIOTHONS 2007-2008

    Toronto, Ontario
    March 26-28, 2008
    $3,980,000
    Hospital for Sick Children

    Several cities, Quebec
    November 21, 2007
    $2,679,000
    Quebec Breakfast Club

    Montreal, Quebec
    April 9-11, 2008
    $2,601,000
    Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation

    Edmonton, Alberta
    November 2007
    $800,000
    Stollery Children's Hospital

    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    March 26-28, 2008
    $679,000
    The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba

    Several cities, British Columbia
    Various dates
    $559,000
    The funds raised were donated to children's hospital foundations to help
    purchase medical equipment including a foetal heart monitor, a laser eye
    surgery system and an endoscope lens.

    London, Ontario
    April 16-18, 2008
    $453,000
    London Health Sciences' Children's Centre

    Hamilton, Ontario
    March 3-5, 2008
    $307,000
    McMaster Children's Hospital

    Ottawa and Pembroke, Ontario
    April 9-11, 2008
    $231,000
    CHEO - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

    St. Catharines, Ontario
    March 26-28, 2008
    $200,000
    Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre

    Brandon, Manitoba
    May 1-2, 2008
    $60,000
    The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
    




For further information:

For further information: Hugues Mousseau, (514) 939-5000,
hmousseau@corp.astral.com

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