The Globe and Mail Awards Multi-Year, Multi-Region Contract to Transcontinental Inc.



    New presses will bring colour to all pages of newspaper

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail has signed a long-term
contract with Transcontinental Inc. to print The Globe and Mail newspaper in
all regions except the Prairies. The contract comes into effect when the
current printing contracts expire in 2010. The awarding of the contract marks
the culmination of an 18-month process which drew competitive bidding from
leading printers from all over Canada.
    Transcontinental will be purchasing new high-speed presses capable of
providing full-colour on all pages of the newspaper. Transcontinental will
print the newspaper in Halifax, Montreal area, Toronto area, Calgary, and
Vancouver. It will establish a new printing facility in the Toronto area
specifically to handle The Globe and Mail work.
    The Globe and Mail's Prairie region printing contract, which covers
newspapers distributed in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and parts of Northern Ontario
and Alberta, will be awarded separately.
    The Globe and Mail's printing work is currently managed by
Transcontinental in Halifax, Boucherville (Montreal), and Mississauga
(Toronto), and by Calgary CentralWeb Colourpress in Alberta, and Vancouver
College Printers in B.C.
    The establishment of this contract not only provides The Globe and Mail
with a long-term printing relationship but will significantly enhance the
content of the newspaper with the ability to print in full-colour on all
pages.
    "This is an historic announcement for The Globe and Mail, our readers and
advertisers, and our staff," said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO, The
Globe and Mail. "It is a sign of our continued confidence in the future of the
newspaper business."
    "High-quality colour production capacity has always been a key point of
distinction for The Globe," continued Crawley. "It means we can make the best
use of photos and graphics for our readers, and it gives our advertisers new
opportunities for high-impact creative executions."
    The Globe and Mail has received multiple distinctions from The
International Newspaper Colour Quality Club for the quality of its colour
printing. Last year's introduction of a bolder, brighter design for the
newspaper also enhanced the use of graphics, illustrations, photography and
colour.
    "Transcontinental's commitment to implementing the next generation of
high-speed presses will keep us at the leading edge of production capability,"
said Crawley. "With millions of people every week reading the paper version of
The Globe and Mail, sophisticated printing capability remains vital to our
business. We have enjoyed a long relationship with Transcontinental and feel
sure that they will be a good partner as we create a newspaper that remains
the brand leader for decades to come."
    "Transcontinental has developed a newspaper outsourcing model that
continues to evolve; unique in the industry, it allows publishers to focus on
their core business, producing content, while we focus on delivering the best
possible printed product to their customers," said François Olivier, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Transcontinental Inc. "The Globe and Mail, a
leader in the newspaper industry, understands the value of integrating
Transcontinental into its value chain in order to advance the development of
its brand and its product and quickly adapt to the transformations taking
place in the daily newspaper industry."

    About The Globe and Mail

    The Globe and Mail is a division of CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multimedia
company, which also owns CTV Inc., Canada's number-one private broadcaster.
    The Globe and Mail produces The Globe and Mail, Canada's national
newspaper, read weekly by more than two million people, as well as a stable of
high quality magazines led by Canada's most read business magazine, Report on
Business magazine. The Globe and Mail also manages Canada's number one
newspaper website, globeandmail.com, and a suite of specialty sites and
digital offerings.




For further information:

For further information: For The Globe and Mail: Nancy Evans, (416)
969-2704, nevans@environicspr.com; For Transcontinental Inc.: Nessa
Prendergast, Director, Media Relations, Transcontinental Inc. at (514)
954-2809, nessa.prendergast@transcontinental.ca

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