Hollinger Inc.
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TSX : HLG.PR.B

Hollinger Inc.

March 24, 2006 17:00 ET

Hollinger Inc. Status Update: March 24, 2006

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 24, 2006) - Hollinger Inc. ("Hollinger") (TSX:HLG.C)(TSX:HLG.PR.B) provides the following update in accordance with the guidelines pursuant to which the June 1, 2004 management and insider cease trade order, as amended, was issued. These guidelines contemplate that Hollinger will provide bi-weekly updates on its affairs until such time as it is current with its filing obligations under applicable Canadian securities laws. Reference should be made to Status Update Reports and other press releases that have been previously filed by Hollinger and which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Recent Events

Domgroup Ltd. and 10 Toronto Street Inc., wholly owned subsidiaries of Hollinger, have entered into listing agreements with Colliers Macaulay Nicolls (Ontario) Inc. in respect of certain real property, including the real property located at 10 Toronto Street in Toronto.

On March 14, 2006, the Court of Appeal for Ontario delivered its decision dismissing (i) the appeal brought by Peter White in respect of orders affecting his tenure as director and officer of Hollinger and removing him as a director and officer of Hollinger, and (ii) the appeal brought by Mr. White in respect of the order dismissing his application for indemnification by Hollinger.

Financial Statements

As previously reported, Hollinger's 2003 and 2004 annual financial statements cannot currently be completed and audited for various reasons. The Audit Committee is working with the auditors, and discussing with regulators, various alternatives to provide financial information to the public.

Hollinger has also been unable to file its annual financial statements, Management's Discussion & Analysis and Annual Information Form for the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2004 on a timely basis as required by Canadian securities legislation. Hollinger has not filed its interim financial statements for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 2004 and March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31, 2005.

Hollinger has released financial information in the form of an unaudited consolidated balance sheet as at September 30, 2004, together with notes thereto, prepared on a non-GAAP alternative basis (the "Alternative Financial Information"). The Alternative Financial Information, which may be found as part of Hollinger's press release issued on March 4, 2005, was prepared by the management of Hollinger at that time and was not audited or reviewed by Hollinger's auditors.

Inspection

There have been no new developments since the last Status Update with respect to the Inspector appointed by the Court to review certain of Hollinger's related-party transactions.

Supplemental Financial Information

As of the close of business March 17, 2006, Hollinger and its subsidiaries - other than Hollinger International and its subsidiaries ("Hollinger International") - had approximately US$44.1 million of cash or cash equivalents on hand, including restricted cash, other than as described separately below. At that date, Hollinger owned, directly or indirectly, 782,923 shares of Class A Common Stock and 14,990,000 shares of Class B Common Stock of Hollinger International. Based on the March 17, 2006 closing price of the shares of Class A Common Stock of Hollinger International on the New York Stock Exchange of US$8.62, the market value of Hollinger's direct and indirect holdings in Hollinger International was US$136.0 million. Hollinger is currently prohibited from trading in the securities of Hollinger International. All of Hollinger's direct and indirect interest in the shares of Class A Common Stock of Hollinger International is being held in escrow in support of future retractions of its Series II Preference Shares. All of Hollinger's direct and indirect interest in the shares of Class B Common Stock of Hollinger International is pledged as security in connection with the senior notes (the "Senior Notes") and the second senior notes (the "Second Senior Notes", collectively, the Senior Notes and the Second Senior Notes are referred to as the "Notes"). In addition to the cash or cash equivalents on hand noted above, Hollinger has previously deposited approximately C$8.6 million in trust with the law firm of Aird & Berlis LLP, as trustee, in support of Hollinger's indemnification obligations to six former independent directors and two current officers. In addition, C$750,000 has been deposited in escrow with the law firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in support of the obligations of a certain Hollinger subsidiary.

As of March 17, 2006, there was in excess of US$129.2 million aggregate collateral securing the US$78 million principal amount of the Senior Notes and the US$15 million principal amount of the Second Senior Notes outstanding.

Ravelston Receivership and CCAA Proceedings

On April 20, 2005, the Court issued two orders by which The Ravelston Corporation Limited ("Ravelston") and Ravelston Management Inc. ("RMI") were: (i) placed in receivership pursuant to the Courts of Justice Act (Ontario) (the "Receivership Order"); and (ii) granted protection pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (the "CCAA Order"). Pursuant thereto, RSM Richter Inc. was appointed receiver and manager of all of the property, assets and undertakings of Ravelston and RMI. Ravelston holds approximately 16.5% of the outstanding Retractable Common Shares of Hollinger. On May 18, 2005, the Court further ordered that the Receivership Order and the CCAA Order be extended to include Argus Corporation Limited and its five subsidiary companies which collectively own, directly or indirectly, 61.8% of the outstanding Retractable Common Shares and approximately 4% of the Series II Preference Shares of Hollinger (collectively, Argus Corporation Limited and its five subsidiary companies, as well as Ravelston and RMI are referred to as the "Ravelston Entities"). The Ravelston Entities own, in aggregate, approximately 78% of the outstanding Retractable Common Shares of Hollinger. The Court has extended the stay of proceedings against the Ravelston Entities to June 16, 2006. The Court has also extended the date for the submission of claims against the Ravelston Entities to May 19, 2006.

Company Profile

Hollinger's principal asset is its approximately 66.8% voting and 17.4% equity interest in Hollinger International, a newspaper publisher with assets which include the Chicago Sun-Times and a large number of community newspapers in the Chicago area. Hollinger also owns a portfolio of commercial real estate in Canada. Further information can be obtained at www.hollingerinc.com.

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