TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2011) - Torstar (TSX:TS.B) announced that it has received $40 million in connection with the previously announced acquisition by The Woodbridge Company Limited of a direct interest in The Globe and Mail. Following completion of the transaction, The Woodbridge Company Limited owns 85% of The Globe and Mail and BCE Inc. owns 15%. The transaction was completed on December 31, 2010. 

The sale of Torstar's 20% interest in CTVglobemedia Inc. remains subject to customary approvals and closing conditions, including approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, and is expected to close by mid 2011.


Torstar Corporation is a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Its businesses include the Star Media Group led by the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, and digital properties including,, Workopolis, Olive Media, and eyeReturn Marketing; Metroland Media Group, publishers of community and daily newspapers in Ontario; and Harlequin Enterprises, a leading global publisher of books for women.

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Contact Information: Torstar Corporation
Lorenzo DeMarchi
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
(416) 869-4776