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The Globe and Mail, Printed by Transcontinental, Named Best-Printed Newspaper in North America

Press release from the issuing company

Montreal, April 3, 2006 – Transcontinental, the largest independent printer of newspapers in Canada, is proud to announce that The Globe and Mail, printed by Transcontinental, has been named the top large-circulation daily in North America for print quality by the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC). The INCQC is the world’s most prestigious quality newspaper production association, biannually recognizing the top 50 newspapers in the world for their printing quality. This is the fourth time The Globe and Mail has been named a member of this elite club since Transcontinental took over printing for major markets in 1998. “The international recognition The Globe and Mail has received in recent years from the International Newspaper Color Quality Club for its excellent print quality is proof that outsourcing the printing function is a winning alternative for newspaper publishers”, said François Olivier, President of Transcontinental’s Printing Products and Services sector. “Our unique production model, combining the latest technology with highly skilled, autonomous work teams, has led such major dailies as The Globe and Mail, The New York Times and La Presse to outsource their printing to an expert and concentrate their resources on their core business – producing top-quality content, leveraging it and developing their brand.” For his part, Phillip Crawley, Publisher of The Globe and Mail, commented: “We have long had reason to be proud of our product’s superior content and design, and with Transcontinental we are always confident we will be equally pleased with its final appearance. We congratulate our staff and our print partner on this prestigious tribute to their relentless focus on innovation and best-practice standards to ensure The Globe and Mail continues to deliver one of the finest newspapers in the world.”