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Corus Entertainment Receives Competition Bureau Clearance to Acquire TELETOON, Historia and Series+

March 18, 2013

TORONTO, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – On Friday, March 15, Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) received clearance from the Competition Bureau, with the
issuance of the appropriate no action letter, to proceed with the
transactions between Corus and Bell. Pursuant to these transactions,
Corus will acquire the 50% remaining ownership interest in TELETOON
which includes the services TELETOON, Teletoon (French), TELETOON
Retro, Teletoon Retro (French) and Cartoon Network (Canada), as well as
the 50% ownership interests in the French-language specialty channels,
Historia and Series+, that Bell will acquire as part of the acquisition
of Astral Media Inc.

Corus has also entered into an agreement with Bell to acquire the two
Ottawa radio stations, CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM, that Bell will own upon the
completion of the Astral transaction. In separate agreements between
Corus and Shaw Media, Corus will acquire Shaw Media’s 50% interest in
Historia and Series+, which will result in both services being wholly
owned by Corus. All of the foregoing transactions require approval by
the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Corus will also acquire from Shaw Media the remaining 49% interest in
the successful specialty service ABC Spark and Corus will sell its 20%
interest in Food Network Canada to Shaw Media.

“Clearance from the Competition Bureau is very positive news and is the
first step in the completion of these transformational transactions for
Corus,” said John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Corus Entertainment. “These acquisitions give Corus the scale to
expand into the growing French-language television market, providing
greater diversity and more choice in the system. As well, it
consolidates the ownership of TELETOON and ABC Spark within Corus’
portfolio of branded specialty channels and provides entry into another
major Canadian radio market.”

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment
company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio
with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting,
children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The Company’s
multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon
(Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada),
CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana,
Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980,
99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus
creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences
across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

This press release contains forward looking information and should be
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assumptions underlying such forward looking statements may be found in
our Annual Information Form. Corus cautions that the foregoing list of
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