CanWest Expands Community Publishing Portfolio with Acquisitions in Windsor-Essex County



    WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.
announced today that it has acquired three publication groups in the
Windsor-Essex County, Ontario area, including Phoenix Media Group Inc.,
Cornerstone Publications Inc., and Sims Publications Inc.
    With these acquisitions, CanWest will reach over 30,000 homes in the
Windsor-Essex County region through a total of six new community publications,
including three paid circulation weeklies - The Kingsville Reporter, The
Tilbury Times, and LakeShore News, two total market coverage weeklies -
Shoreline Week and LaSalle Post, and Windsor Parent magazine. As well, CanWest
has acquired the commercial printing assets of Sims Publications.
    "Through these acquisitions, CanWest has established a community
newspaper network in the Windsor market. We look forward to exploring the
potential for growth of these publications in this region," said Rob
Leuschner, President of the CanWest Community Publishing division, which now
includes 30 community publications throughout Canada. "This is yet another
example of CanWest's commitment to developing strong community voices across
this country."
    Backed by the power of the CanWest network, as well as positive
relationships and a solid network in the community established through The
Windsor Star, the company's move into the community publications market in the
Windsor-Essex County region represents a natural next step for CanWest's
Community Publishing division.
    CanWest has appointed Bob Calvert as interim General Manager of CanWest's
newly created Windsor Community Publishing Group. Reporting to Mr. Leuschner,
Mr. Calvert will oversee operations at the various acquired entities, while a
search is underway for a permanent candidate for the position.

    About CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.
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    CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. is the largest publisher of English
language newspapers in Canada, as measured by paid circulation, readership and
revenue, with 10 major metropolitan daily newspapers serving nine Canadian
cities, including: Vancouver Sun, The Province (Vancouver), Ottawa Citizen,
The Gazette (Montreal), The Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, The Windsor
Star, Times-Colonist (Victoria), Leader Post (Regina), Star Phoenix
(Saskatoon), together with 30 community daily, weekly and bi-weekly
publications.
    CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. is an indirect, wholly-owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. (TSX: CGS and CGS.A,
www.canwestglobal.com), an international media company. CanWest also owns,
operates and/or holds substantial interests in free-to-air and
subscription-based television networks, out-of-home advertising, web sites,
and radio stations and networks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey,
Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.





For further information:

For further information: Tammy Bender, Public Relations Manager, (416)
442-2177, tbender@canwest.com

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