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Monday 13 March, 2000

West 175 Media Grp

Acquisition - 5% Stake -The Natural Health Channel

West 175 Media Group Inc
13 March 2000


West  175 Media Group Inc, ('West 175' or the 'Company'), the lifestyle  media
group  listed on AIM, announces that it has agreed terms to acquire  a  5  per
cent shareholding in The Natural Health Channel, a 50.50 joint venture company
set up by The Sanctuary Group Plc together with Mr. James Driscoll M.B.E., for
a  total consideration of £500,000 to be satisfied by the issue of 125,000 new
common shares in West 175 at £4.00 per share.

The  Natural  Health  Channel  is expected to be Britain's  first  digital  TV
Channel devoted to natural health issues and will be launched later this year.

It  will  be accompanied by a sister website, also branded The Natural  Health
Channel, offering what is planned to be an authoritative information source on
products and services in the natural health goods and services providers.

The  Natural  Health  Channel aims to become the leading TV  content  provider
targeted   to  the  mass  market  in  the  natural  health  sector,  providing
entertaining and informative programmes on health, beauty, fitness, nutrition,
natural  health  and complementary therapies.  The Channel is  in  negotiation
with  BBC Resources Limited for the provision of Studio and Channel Management
facilities in Birmingham.  A carriage agreement with a digital Broadcaster  is
expected to be concluded shortly.

Broadcasting initially on the digital satellite platform, which currently  has
over  two million UK subscribers, the new Channel will be free to air  and  be
available  to  digital cable operators and to digital terrestrial  television,
when the transponder capacity is increased.

Commenting,  Mr. Rohan Courtney Chairman of West 175 Media Group  said:  'This
initial investment in The Natural Health Channel and sister website allows  us
to  extend  our activities beyond cookery and utilises our skills in lifestyle
television  production  and  broadcasting.   Our  resources  in  live  events,
publishing,  production,  e-commerce and global product  fulfillment  are  all
available to the new Channel in which we will play a significant role.

Our  main markets in the United States, Australia, New Zealand as well as  the
United  Kingdom  are  perfect  for the products,  programmes  and  information
sources which The Natural Health Channel will supply.

We  look forward to assisting in the development of this channel to ensure  it
has as a wide a reach as possible.'

For further information:

Rohan Courtney, Chairman, West 175 Media Group Inc               020 8398 7175
                                                        Mobile:  07879 498 544
James Driscoll, Chairman, The Natural Health Channel             01384 395 654
                                                         Mobile:  0385 977 969

Editor's Notes

*     West 175 Media Group Inc.  is a world-wide media company specializing in
      all aspects of lifestyle broadcasting, programme production,  
      merchandising, publishing  and  live events.  Its activities are
      concentrated in the USA, UK and New Zealand.

*     The  company's  activities extend from the production of  corporate  and
      public live events, television and consumer  programme  production  and 
      broadcasting, to product fulfillment, merchandising, publishing,
      e-commerce and internet service provision.