Astral Media pleased to be awarded new Ottawa/Gatineau radio licence

    MONTREAL, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B)
welcomes today's CRTC decision to approve Astral Media Radio's application for
a new radio station to serve the Ottawa-Gatineau market at frequency 99.7 FM.
    "I am pleased by the decision, which will contribute to programming
diversity in Ottawa-Gatineau and create substantial benefits for the region,
including direct investments" said Jacques Parisien, Group President of Astral
Media Radio and Astral Media Outdoor.
    As the licence holder, Astral Media has committed to investing over 6
million dollars to support emerging Canadian artists, create scholarships for
music and journalism students, promote the Canadian music industry as a whole,
as well as to encourage Ottawa's French-language community radio through its
contributions towards Radio de la communauté francophone d'Ottawa (RCFO) and
Fondation Radio Enfant.

    Astral Media Inc. 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 further information:

For further information: Denis Bouchard, General Manager
(Ottawa-Gatineau), Astral Media Radio Inc., (819) 243-5555

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