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Telesat Announces Redemption of 12.5% Senior Subordinated Notes

OTTAWA, March 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat Holdings Inc. ("Telesat") today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Telesat Canada and Telesat LLC (the "Co-Issuers"), have notified the trustee under the indenture dated as of June 30, 2008 (the "Senior Subordinated Indenture") of their election to redeem any and all of the 12.5% senior subordinated notes due 2017 (the "Senior Subordinated Notes") outstanding thereunder as of May 1, 2013 (the "Redemption Date"). The notice specifies that the redemption price will be equal to 106.25% of the principal amount of the Senior Subordinated Notes outstanding on the Redemption Date.

As of March 28, 2013, the outstanding principal amount of the Senior Subordinated Notes is approximately US$217 million. The Co-Issuers expect to deposit cash with the trustee in an amount sufficient to redeem the outstanding Senior Subordinated Notes on the Redemption Date prior to the date thereof. The Co-Issuers intend to pay the installment of interest on the Senior Subordinated Notes that is due to be paid on the Redemption Date in the usual manner to holders of such notes registered at the close of business on the relevant record date.

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About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, Telesat's state-of-the-art fleet consists of 13 satellites and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, plus one satellite awaiting launch. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat's principal shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:LORL).

CONTACT: Michael Bolitho, Telesat, +1 (613) 748-8700 ext. 2336 (ir@telesat.com)Source:Telesat Holdings Inc.