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Wednesday 26 September, 2001

Sanctuary Group PLC

Response to Statement by EMI

Sanctuary Group PLC
26 September 2001

Wednesday 26th September 2001

                                PRESS RELEASE

                           THE SANCTUARY GROUP PLC

                    RESPONSE TO STATEMENT BY EMI GROUP PLC
                               ON MUSIC MARKET

               SANCTUARY STRONGLY POSITIONED FOR FURTHER GROWTH

The Board of The Sanctuary Group PLC ('Sanctuary') the UK-based international
music, television and entertainment group notes the statement made yesterday
by EMI Group plc ('EMI') regarding that company's problems in the music
market. The Board wishes to make it clear that Sanctuary is not affected by
many of the issues facing EMI and in particular Sanctuary is not in the
position of having to cut significant overheads in response to changed
economic circumstances.

Sanctuary's financial year ends on 30 September 2001, and, as it has indicated
previously, the Group is confident that it will meet recent broker forecasts.
Furthermore, the Board remains confident that it can continue to generate
future growth from both its recorded music business and its other operating
divisions.

Andy Taylor, CEO, The Sanctuary Group plc, comments:

'We are very sensitive to what has happened in America and mindful of the need
for caution in the present uncertain economic environment. However, I am
confident that Sanctuary is in a strong position as our strategy for many
years has reflected a careful, low risk, niche approach, focusing on those
music genres where we have expertise.'


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For further information, please contact:

Andy Taylor, CEO, The Sanctuary Group PLC                  0207 300 6618
Paul Downes, Merlin Financial                              0207 606 1244
Philip Ranger, Merlin Financial                            0207 606 1244
                                                           07768 534 641