Thomson Shareholders Approve Acquisition of Reuters

    Reuters Shareholders Also Approve Acquisition; Transaction Expected to
    Close on April 17, 2008

    STAMFORD, Conn., March 26 /CNW/ -- The Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC;
TSX: TOC), a leading provider of information solutions to business and
professional customers worldwide, today announced that its shareholders
overwhelmingly approved the proposed acquisition of Reuters Group PLC at a
special meeting held today in Toronto.

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    In separate meetings held today in London, Reuters shareholders also
overwhelmingly approved the transaction. Thomson and Reuters will each now
seek court approvals in Canada and the United Kingdom, respectively. The
acquisition is expected to close on April 17, 2008.

    The Thomson Corporation

    The Thomson Corporation ( is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and
Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC).
    The directors of Thomson accept responsibility for the information
contained in this announcement. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the
directors of Thomson (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure such is the
case), the information contained herein for which they accept responsibility
is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect
the import of such information.


    Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the 'Code'), if
any person is, or becomes, 'interested' (directly or indirectly) in 1% or more
of any class of 'relevant securities' of Thomson or of Reuters, all 'dealings'
in any 'relevant securities' of that company (including by means of an option
in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such 'relevant securities')
must be publicly disclosed by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the
London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. This
requirement will continue until the date on which the acquisition of Reuters
becomes, or is declared, unconditional, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn or on
which the 'offer period' otherwise ends. If two or more persons act together
pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to
acquire an 'interest' in 'relevant securities' of Thomson or Reuters, they
will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.
    Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Code, all 'dealings' in 'relevant
securities' of Thomson or Reuters by Thomson or Reuters, or by any of their
respective 'associates', must be disclosed by no later than 12.00 noon (London
time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant
    A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose 'relevant
securities' 'dealings' should be disclosed, and the number of such securities
in issue, can be found on the Takeover Panel's website at 'Interests in securities' arise, in summary, when
a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to
changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as
having an 'interest' by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or
by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to,
    Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Code, which can also be found
on the Panel's website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are
required to disclose a 'dealing' under Rule 8, you should consult the Panel.


    This news release includes forward-looking statements that are based on
certain assumptions and reflect the Corporation's current expectations.
Forward-looking statements include the Corporation's belief that the Reuters
acquisition will close on April 17, 2008. The closing of the transaction is
subject to approval by courts in Ontario, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Forward-looking statements in this news release are subject to a number of
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ
materially from current expectations. These risks and uncertainties include
the failure of the courts to approve the proposed transaction. Some of the
other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially
from current expectations are discussed in the Corporation's materials filed
with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States
from time to time, including the Corporation's management information circular
dated February 29, 2008 for the special meeting of shareholders held on March
26, 2008, and its latest annual information form, which is also contained in
its most recently filed annual report on Form 40-F. The Corporation disclaims
any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, other than as required by applicable law, rule or regulation.
    This document does not constitute an offer for sale of any securities or
an offer or an invitation to purchase any such securities. Documents relating
to the proposed transaction have been furnished by Thomson and Reuters to the
SEC. Shareholders are urged to read such documents regarding the proposed
transaction because they contain important information. Shareholders may
obtain free copies of Thomson's and Reuters' respective circulars, as well as
other filings containing information about the companies, without charge, at
the SEC's website at, at the Canadian securities regulatory
authorities' website at (in the case of Thomson) and from
Thomson and Reuters. These documents are also available for inspection and
copying at the public reference room maintained by the SEC at 100 F Street,
N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549, United States. For further information about the
public reference room, call the SEC at 1-800-732-0330. The Reuters circular,
which constitutes an offer document of Thomson for the purposes of the UK
Takeover Code, is also available for inspection during usual UK business hours
on Monday to Friday of each week (UK public holidays excepted) at the
registered office of Reuters, being The Reuters Building, South Colonnade,
Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP, United Kingdom, from the date of this news
release until the closing of the transaction.

    Media Contact:
    Fred Hawrysh
    Global Director, External Communications
    (203) 539-8314

    Investor Contact:
    Frank J. Golden
    Vice President, Investor Relations
    (203) 539-8470

For further information:

For further information: Media - Fred Hawrysh, Global Director, External
 Communications, +1-203-539-8314,, or Investor - 
Frank J. Golden, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1-203-539-8470,; Web Site:,

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