Corus Entertainment announced today that Dr. Angus Reid, recognized social researcher and pollster, has been appointed Chair of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. CKNW, Vancouver’s premiere newstalk and sports radio station, launched the not-for-profit children’s charity in 1945. The CKNW Orphans’ Fund currently raises and spends $1 million dollars each year on behalf of special needs children and is a cornerstone of the radio station’s local community support and fundraising activities. December 6, 2002 marks CKNW’s annual Pledge Day when the Orphans’ Fund takes over the radio station’s daily programming to raise funds.

Lou DelGobbo, General Manager of CKNW, said “We are honoured to have someone as renowned as Dr. Reid as the new Chair of CKNW Orphans’ Fund.” Dr. Reid commented, “I want to participate more in local community issues in Vancouver and this prestigious charity does a huge amount of good.”

Angus Reid is Executive Director of the Centre for Public Opinion and Democracy at the University of British Columbia and Senior Fellow at the Liu Institute for the Study of Global Issues. He also operates Angus Reid Strategies Corp., a Vancouver – based marketing and public affairs consulting company. In 1979 Dr. Reid founded the Angus Reid Group and served as Chair and CEO. He was also Chair and CEO of Ipsos-Reid Inc., Canada’s premiere market and social opinion research firm until 2001. An author, speaker and commentator, Dr. Reid has received many awards and holds honorary doctorates from the Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba. CKNW Orphans’ Fund has made money available for needed equipment and services for children, anything from a specially adapted tricycle for a spina bifida child to buying a computer for a child who is bedridden. It has funded rehabilitation programs for street kids, provided scholastic grants for low-income families, offered horseback riding lessons for muscular dystrophy children, purchased hearing aids, eyeglasses and electric sports wheelchairs.

CKNW is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus’ assets include 52 radio stations, four of Canada’s leading specialty television networks, Canada’s western pay-TV business and five digital channels. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, one of the world’s largest international producers and distributors of children’s programming and products. The company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ Web site can be found at corusentertainment.com.

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For further information please contact:

Caroline Newson
Senior Publicist, Corus Entertainment
Tel: 416-530-5138 
caroline.newson@corusent.com 

Lou DelGobbo
General Manager, Corus Entertainment
Vancouver Tel: 604-331-2711
 ldelgobbo@cknw.com