Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis

    WINNIPEG, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Canwest Global Communications Corp. ("Canwest")
today announced that it has received final approval from the CRTC for the
acquisition of Alliance Atlantis's broadcast assets, having satisfied all of
the conditions of approval set out in the decision issued by the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on December 20,
    The regulated broadcasting assets of Alliance Atlantis will now been
released from the trust arrangements previously established with the
independent trustee appointed to oversee the regulated assets pending a CRTC

    About Canwest Global Communications Corp.

    Canwest Global Communications Corp. (, (TSX: CGS
and CGS.A,) an international media company, is Canada's largest media company.
In addition to owning the Global Television Network, Canwest is Canada's
largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and owns, operates
and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Deborah Lewis, Vice President, Communications,
Canwest Broadcasting, (416) 446-5542,

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