Meridian Gold Announces a Key Appointment to its Leadership Team



    RENO, NV, April 30 /CNW/ - Meridian Gold Inc. ("Meridian Gold" or the
"Company") (TSX: MNG) (NYSE:   MDG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms.
Cheryl A. Martin as its Vice President, Investor Relations. Ms. Martin will
assume her responsibilities on May 14, 2007, at which time she will play a key
role in increasing Meridian's visibility in the global investment community.
    Ms. Martin comes to Meridian Gold with over twenty-five years experience
in the investor relations field, most recently with Gold Fields Limited, where
she spent over eight years leading their North American investor relations
effort. Ms. Martin's career has included leadership positions in the gold
mining industry with Canyon Resources and Wharf Resources and with various
companies in the oil and gas sector during the 1970's and early 1980's.
    "Cheryl brings significant capital markets experience to our Company,"
commented Edward Dowling, President and CEO for Meridian Gold. "I am very
pleased to welcome Cheryl to our Leadership Team and look forward to her
future contributions, which will prove invaluable as we seek to expand our
shareholder base and communicate our vision of creating the Premier Value Gold
Mining Company."

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    Meridian Gold Inc. is a different kind of gold company. The focus is on
profitability, and the quality of the ounces produced, not the quantity of
ounces produced. The quality of these ounces is measured by the value
delivered to all stakeholders during the process; including all shareholders,
employees and the communities and environment in which Meridian lives and
operates.

    Safe Harbor Statement under the United States Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this press release
constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities legislation.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or
achievements of the Company, or other future events, including forecast
production, earnings and cash flows, to be materially different from any
future results, performances or achievements or other events expressly or
implicitly predicted by such forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: please visit our website at
www.meridiangold.com, or contact: Krista Muhr, Senior Manager, Tel: (800)
572-4519; Investor Relations, Fax: (775) 850-3733, E-mail:
krista.muhr@meridiangold.com

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