Astral Media Inc. announces payment of semi-annual dividend

MONTREAL, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Directors of Astral Media Inc., (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B) at a meeting held on December 9, 2009, declared a semi-annual dividend of twenty-five cents (25 cents) per share on the Class A Non-voting Shares and the Class B Subordinate Voting Shares of the Corporation payable February 2, 2010 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on January 19, 2010.

Astral Media Inc. designates this dividend to be an eligible dividend pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act and its equivalent in the provincial jurisdictions of Canada.

Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. 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. For more information about Astral Media, please visit www.astralmedia.com.

SOURCE Astral Media Inc.

For further information: For further information: Claude Gagnon, Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Astral Media Inc., (514) 939-5000

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