CNW Group readies comprehensive client portal

    Canada's first integrated wire and communication service portal puts
    users in the driver's seat

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - CNW Group, Canada's leading news distributor and
communication services provider, today announced the final private beta
release of Access CNW, an innovative online portal designed to give clients a
direct, flexible and secure way to issue and manage their own news releases
and more.
    The soon-to-be-released Access CNW portal is the first
fully-comprehensive portal system for news wire customers in Canada. The
service will offer direct upload of news releases, photos, and multimedia
through a single, easy-to-use online system.
    The result of extensive client consultation and development, Access CNW
addresses one of the most frequently-raised questions from practitioners in
the public relations and investor relations industries: How can I have more
control over this process?
    "The speed of news dissemination online has fundamentally changed the
business of the wire services, and one of the most frequent and consistent
requests we get from our clients is to give them faster, more direct access to
the wire," said Melanie Kurzuk, Senior Vice-President News and Information
Technology Division, CNW Group. "Access CNW is the answer, putting clients in
the driver's seat and giving them an integrated online dashboard to issue and
manage their own news materials in an environment that supports regulatory
    Currently in closed private beta testing with a group of high-traffic CNW
Group clients, early reaction has been very positive. Access CNW provides
secure and reliable control over a broad range of typical communications
tasks. Key features of the application include:

    News Release Management

    -   Flexible management of news release editing, approval, review and
        distribution cycle;
    -   Granular control of release distribution by region, sector,
        disclosure network, and custom list options;
    -   Full range of timing, preview, revision history and release
        confirmation options;
    -   Optional automated SEDAR/EDGAR filing;
    -   Optional inclusion of XBRL documents.

    List Management

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

    Event Management

    -   Centralized booking and coordination of webcasts and conference
    -   Direct access booking service for CNW Group photo assignment and
        video production services.

    Live Help

    -   Expert assistance from CNW Group's trained team available online and
        by phone 24/7.

    Access CNW will be accessible by authorized clients from any standard Web
browser, allowing communications professionals to manage news release
distribution from and to just about anywhere. Currently completing the second
phase of intensive beta group testing, previews and trial subscriptions to
Access CNW will soon be offered to interested agency, corporate and government
communications representatives. Interested participants can sign up for more
information and an early trial by sending an email to:
    "With Access CNW, we're taking almost 50 years of expertise and shifting
it into a new mode of operation," said Angel Adam, Program Manager, News
Applications, CNW Group. "Our true value to clients does not come from acting
as simple intermediaries between the news issuer and the market, but from the
advice, counsel, and supporting services we are able to offer."
    Angel will host a live online help service within the portal to
personally assist clients in the early days of using the new system. This will
be welcome news to communication professionals across Canada who have
benefited from Angel's knowledgeable assistance during her 19 years with CNW

    About CNW Group:

    CNW Group is Canada's leader in the distribution of time-critical news
and information. Founded in 1960, CNW is co-owned by U.S.-based PR Newswire
and U.K.-based PA Group and operates Canadian offices from coast-to-coast with
24-hour bilingual service. CNW communication services facilitate the flow of
news from Canadian organizations to their local, national, and global
audiences in the media and financial communities. CNW Group and CNW Telbec in
Quebec, offer a range of market-reaching services for IR professionals within
the CNX Marketlink suite and services designed to reach the media within the
Newsmaker suite.

For further information:

For further information: Laurie Smith, Director, Marketing
Communications, CNW Group,, Cell (416) 520-3083,

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