CNW Telbec launches its Access CNW Portal, fully customized for the Government of Quebec



    Province's first integrated wire and communication services portal puts
    Quebec Government's communications professionals in the driver's seat.

    QUEBEC CITY, June 4 /CNW/ - CNW Telbec, Quebec's largest supplier of
communication and news release distribution services, and official supplier,
since January 1996, of exclusive release distribution for all Quebec
government Departments and agencies, today announced the launch of its Access
CNW Portal, fully customized for the Government of Quebec.
    This innovative portal offers government clients a hands-on, secure and
flexible tool for issuing their own news releases, announcing other
communications events and managing them all in real time.
    Access CNW will be officially launched on June 9 in Quebec City. Quebec
government communicators who utilize newswire services will be able to deploy
this single, user-friendly on-line system - the first complete portal made
available to them - to directly upload news releases, photos and multimedia
content.
    This product was developed after extensive consultations with the
Company's business and government clients over the past few years, in response
to one of the most frequently asked questions put to them by public relations
and communications professionals: How can I have greater control over
information distribution to the media?
    "The speed of on-line news dissemination has changed the fundamental
nature of our newswire services' work. One request that our clients have been
making frequently, on a regular basis, is for even faster and more direct
access to the newswire," explained Robert Henderson, President of CNW Telbec.
"Our answer to this is Access CNW - a portal that puts clients in the driver's
seat and offers them an on-line integrated dashboard they can use to issue and
manage their own communications documents in a secure environment."
    "The business version of Access CNW, which was launched last April, has
enjoyed growing success among our corporate clients, as well as among
communications and public relations agencies in Quebec and elsewhere in
Canada," said Manon Desrosiers, Sales Manager - CNW Telbec.
    "We are very pleased with this CNW Telbec initiative, which comprises a
user-friendly tool that has been adapted to the specific needs of Government
of Quebec communicators, and we consider this solution to be the vanguard of
the industry," asserted Berthier Mailloux, who heads the department of
services acquisitions at the Centre de services partagés du Québec.
    Access CNW offers its users secure, reliable control over a wide range of
common communications functions. Following are some of the application's key
features:

    
    News Release Management:

    - Flexible management of the news release editing, review, approval and
      distribution cycle.
    - Precise control of news release distribution, by region, sector,
      disclosure network and custom list options.
    - A full range of timing, preview, revision history and news release
      confirmation options.
    - Optional inclusion of XBRL documents.

    List Management :

    - Real-time management of clients' proprietary fax and e-mail
      distribution lists.

    Event Management:

    - Centralized booking and coordination of Webcasts and conference calls.
    - Direct access to CNW Telbec photo assignment and video production
      booking services.

    On-line help :

    - Expert on-line and telephone assistance, provided 24/7 by a CNW Telbec
      team.
    

    Authorized Government of Quebec clients can log onto Access CNW from any
standard Web browser, so these communications professionals can manage their
news release distribution function from anywhere.
    "Access CNW represents the conversion of some 50 years' worth of
expertise into a new mode of operation," pointed out Angel Adam, Program
Manager, News System Applications - CNW Group. "The actual value of what we
offer clients is more than just our basic role as an intermediary between news
disseminators and the Government of Quebec: it is reflected in the special
notices, the advice and the support services we are able to offer them on a
day-to-day basis." This assertion will undoubtedly be welcome news to the
communications professionals within the Government of Quebec.

    About CNW Telbec:

    CNW Telbec is Quebec's leader in the distribution of time-critical news
and information. Founded in 1960, the Company operates offices in both
Montreal and Quebec City, with 24-hour bilingual service. A subsidiary of
CNW Group Ltd., CNW Telbec works with CNW's offices in Vancouver, Calgary,
Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. In partnership with its affiliates, CNW Telbec is
part of the world's largest communications network. CNW Telbec offers a range
of services for IR professionals within the CNX Marketlink suite, as well as
several means of reaching the media within the Newsmaker suite. www.cnw.ca

    About CNW Group:

    CNW Group is Canada's leader in the distribution of time-critical news
and information. Established in 1960, CNW Group is co-owned by U.S. company
PR Newswire and the U.K.-based PA Group. CNW Group operates offices throughout
Canada, with 24-hour bilingual service. CNW's communication services help
Canadian businesses disseminate their news to local, national and global
audiences in the media and the financial sector. www.newswire.ca




For further information:

For further information: Gilles Belley, Account Executive, CNW Telbec,
(418) 522-7110, Gilles.belley@newswire.ca; Sources: Luc Morin, Conseiller en
acquisition, Direction générale des acquisitions, Centre de services partagés
du Québec, (418) 644-2535; Manon Desrosiers, Sales Manager, CNW Telbec, (514)
940-3348, Manon.desrosiers@newswire.ca


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