June 7, 2024

For Immediate Release


TORONTO, June 7, 2024 – Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) (“Corus” or “the Company”) is providing an update today that it has been informed by Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. that some of its programming and trademark output arrangements will not be renewed upon their expiry on December 31, 2024. This affects content on certain Corus-operated specialty channels. Corus does not currently expect changes to the programming of the channels until 2025.

“I want to reinforce Corus’ intent to continue operating the country’s largest and most widely distributed lifestyle channels based on the strength of top-rated Canadian programs and alternate foreign content supply,” said Troy Reeb, EVP, Networks and Content of Corus. “We have an exceptional fall schedule coming in September and a vast amount of Canadian and U.S. content to carry us into the future.”

“This is an unfortunate example of inequitable structural relationships in the Canadian media and telecom industries, particularly affecting independent broadcasters like Corus,” added Doug Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus. “It highlights the urgent need for regulatory reform, including to rules affecting how market-dominant players interact with suppliers and competitors. Corus intends to explore all potential remedies. We look forward to adapting and advancing our strategies while we pursue new opportunities through our other content suppliers.”

Corus is Canada’s largest independent media company, delivering diverse entertainment options and award-winning news across its 15 Global television stations, 33 specialty channels, 39 radio stations, and streaming services including STACKTV and the Global TV app.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking information and should be read subject to the following cautionary language:

To the extent any statements made in this press release contain information that is not historical, these statements are forward-looking statements and may be forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking information”). This forward-looking information relates to, among other things, the Company’s objectives, goals, strategies, targets, intentions, plans, estimates and outlook, including the adoption and anticipated impact of the Company’s strategic plan, advertising and expectations of advertising trends for fiscal 2024, subscriber revenue and anticipated subscription trends, distribution, production and other revenue, the Company’s dividend policy and the payment of future dividends; the Company’s leverage target; the Company’s ability to manage retention and reputation risks related to its on-air talent; expectations regarding financial performance, including capital allocation strategy and capital structure management, operating costs and tariffs, taxes and fees, and can generally be identified by the use of words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “may” or the negatives of these terms and other similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances may be considered forward-looking information.

Although Corus believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, such information involves assumptions, risks and uncertainties and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied with respect to the forward-looking information, including without limitation, factors and assumptions regarding the general market conditions and general outlook for the industry including: the impact of recessionary conditions and continuing supply chain constraints; the potential impact of new competition and industry mergers and acquisitions; changes to applicable tax, licensing and regulatory regimes; inflation and interest rates, stability of the advertising, subscription, production and distribution markets; changes to key suppliers or clients; operating and capital costs and tariffs, taxes and fees, the Company’s ability to source, produce or sell desirable content and the Company’s capital and operating results being consistent with its expectations. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such information.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include, among other things: the Company’s ability to attract, retain and manage fluctuations in advertising revenue; the Company’s ability to maintain relationships with key suppliers and clients and on anticipated financial terms and conditions; audience acceptance of the Company’s television programs and cable networks; the Company’s ability to manage retention and reputation risks related to its on-air talent; the Company’s ability to recoup production costs; the availability of tax credits; the availability of expected news, production and related credits, programs and funding; the existence of co-production treaties; the Company’s ability to compete in any of the industries in which it does business including with competitors which may not be regulated in the same way or to the same degree; the business and strategic opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; conditions in the entertainment, information and communications industries and technological developments therein; changes in laws or regulations or the interpretation or application of those laws and regulations including statements, decisions or positions by applicable regulators including, without limitation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”), Canadian Heritage and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (“ISED”); changes to licensing status or conditions; unanticipated or un-mitigatable programming costs; the Company’s ability to integrate and realize anticipated benefits from its acquisitions and to effectively manage its growth; the Company’s ability to successfully defend itself against litigation matters and complaints; failure to meet covenants under the Company’s senior credit facility, senior unsecured notes or other instruments or facilities; epidemics, pandemics or other public health and safety crises in Canada and globally; physical and operational changes to the Company’s key facilities and infrastructure; cybersecurity threats or incidents to the Company or its key suppliers and vendors; and changes in accounting standards.

Additional information about these factors and about the material assumptions underlying any forward-looking information may be found under the heading “Risks and Uncertainties” in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended August 31, 2023 and under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended August 31, 2023. Corus cautions that the foregoing list of important assumptions and factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on the Company’s forward-looking information to make decisions with respect to Corus, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Unless otherwise specified, all forward-looking information in this document speaks as of the date of this document and may be updated or amended from time to time. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Corus disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, events or circumstances that arise after the date thereof or otherwise.


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Director, Corporate Communications
Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Director, Investor Relations
Corus Entertainment Inc.