Quebecor Media Inc.

Quebecor Media Inc.

November 30, 2007 18:03 ET

Quebecor Fully Respected the Integrity of the Public Consultation Process concerning Rules for Spectrum Auction

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - In light of media reports and questions from some Members of Parliament, Quebecor Media Inc. issues the following statement:

"Quebecor Media Inc. and its subsidiary, Videotron Ltd., fully respected the integrity of the public consultation process concerning the establishment of rules to be applied to the auction of spectrum for mobile wireless services. All representations made to various government authorities were conducted by persons who were duly registered as lobbyists.

"In addition, Quebecor Media Inc. confirms that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Pierre Karl Peladeau, met on two occasions with the Hon. Maxime Bernier when he was Minister of Industry to discuss different issues including the company's perspective on the wireless file, specifically that it is in the interest of Canadian consumers to have greater competition in this area. The meetings were organized by company representatives who were duly recorded in the Lobby Registry, as were Mr. Peladeau and individuals who accompanied him to these meetings. The two meetings took place in the winter and the summer of 2006.

"Mr. Peladeau and other senior officials of the company and its subsidiaries also met with other members of the Cabinet, of the public service as well as MPs including members from opposition parties. All individuals involved in the organization of these meetings and in the meetings themselves acted in accordance with the applicable legislation.

"Quebecor Media Inc. is pleased with the decision announced earlier this week by the Minister of Industry, the Hon. Jim Prentice, that allows new competitors to enter the wireless market since this decision is clearly in the interest of all Canadian consumers."

About Quebecor Media Inc.

Quebecor Media Inc. is a subsidiary of Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B), a communications company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Quebecor Media Inc. owns operating companies in numerous media related businesses: Videotron Ltd., the largest cable operator in Quebec and a major Internet Service Provider and provider of telephone and business telecommunications services; Sun Media Corporation, the largest newspaper chain in Canada; TVA Group Inc., operator of the largest French-language over-the-air television network in Quebec, a number of specialty channels, and the English-language over-the-air station SUN TV; Canoe Inc., operator of a network of English-and French-language Internet properties in Canada; Nurun Inc., a major interactive technologies and communications agency with offices in Canada, and the United States, Europe and Asia; companies engaged in book publishing and magazine publishing; and companies engaged in the production, distribution and retailing of cultural products, namely Archambault Group Inc., the largest chain of music stores in eastern Canada, TVA Films, and LeSuperClub Videotron ltee, a chain of video and video game rental and retail stores.

Contact Information

  • Quebecor Inc.
    Luc Lavoie
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    Office: 514-380-1974
    Portable: 514-947-6672