(January 28, 2014) Today, Corus Entertainment Inc. (“Corus” or “the Company”) (TSX:CJR.B) announced that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) has approved the Company’s acquisition of the Ottawa radio stations CKQB-FM (106.9 The BEAR) and CJOT-FM (boom 99.7). The acquisition will close on January 31, 2014.
“We are pleased with the CRTC’s decision and excited about Corus’ entry into the fourth largest English radio market in Canada,” said John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Operating in Ottawa has been a long-stated goal for Corus and the acquisition of CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM strengthens our position in Canada’s major markets.”
Corus has established a Montreal-based management team led by Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Média & Head of Eastern Ontario, Radio and Television. In addition to overseeing Corus’ Quebec-based specialty services, Mr. Cecchini will also be responsible for Corus’ eastern Ontario radio and local television stations, including the Ottawa radio stations.
The purchase price for both stations is $13 million Cdn. Corus has committed to investing approximately $1 million Cdn. in tangible benefits for radio content development, support for Canadian talent, and training initiatives.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com.
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