Transcontinental pursues its newspaper outsourcing project in San Francisco

    MONTREAL, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the recent announcement by
Hearst Corporation, the owner of the San Francisco Chronicle, Transcontinental
wants to reaffirm:

    1. Further to discussions with Hearst, the preparation of its plant
       continues as scheduled and the Chronicle expects to begin production
       in June 2009.
    2. For the San Francisco Chronicle, the outsourcing of its newspaper's
       printing is part of a strategy to reduce costs and give the Chronicle
       industry-leading colour reproduction capabilities.
    3. The contract signed with Hearst Corporation provides for
       indemnification should the San Francisco Chronicle cease publication
       or be sold.

    About Transcontinental

    Transcontinental provides printing, publishing and marketing services
that deliver exceptional value to its clients and provide a unique, integrated
platform for them to reach and retain their target audiences. Transcontinental
is the largest printer in Canada and sixth-largest in North America. It is
also the country's leading publisher of consumer magazines and French-language
educational resources, its second-largest community newspaper publisher, and
its digital platform delivers unique content through more than 120 Web sites.
Its Marketing Communications Sector provides advertising services and
marketing products using new communications platforms supported by database
analytics, premedia, email marketing, and custom communications.
Transcontinental is a growing company with a culture of continuous improvement
and financial discipline, whose values, including respect, innovation and
integrity, are central to its operation. Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B)
operates in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and reported revenues of
C$2.4 billion in 2008. For more information about the Corporation, please

For further information:

For further information: Media: Nessa Prendergast, Director, Media
Relations, Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2809,; Financial Community: Jennifer F.
McCaughey, Director, Investor Relations, Transcontinental Inc., (514)

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