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IN SURPRISE MOVE, MILITARY CHANNEL NABS PENTAGON CHIEF OF DOCUMENTARY AND NEWS PRODUCTION

 LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Military Channel today announced the signing of veteran Pentagon Senior Military Advisor Steven M. Titunik, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) to Vice President, Military Affairs and Special Programming for the network.
 The Military Channel is a new basic cable network featuring a full time slate of aviation programming, documentaries and battle histories. Its announced start date is Jan. 16, 1994.
 Titunik joins the channel from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs, The Pentagon where he served as the liaison between the Department of Defense and documentary and news producers. Titunik's cable credits include Discovery Channel's "Wings," "Carriers," "Choppers" and the upcoming "X-Planes;" Arts & Entertainment's "Brute Force" and "Frontline Pilots," CNN's series on Desert Storm and similar projects with ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC and PBS.
 "No one has better met the public's interest in things military - the jets, the battle histories, the courage of our fighting forces - than the cable networks," said Titunik. "Unfortunately, what has evolved is a patchwork quilt of free standing aviation and military programs that are plugged into a network's schedule simply to shore up ratings. We believe far better service is afforded the interested viewer through a full-time channel. I have decided to join Military Channel for that reason."
 The immediate impact on continued documentary productions is unclear. Titunik's departure comes at a time of military downsizing and no replacement is expected to be named. Although industry speculation had centered on several roles for the outgoing chief, The Military Channel was a rumored suitor. It has been known that Titunik has long favored a 24-hour network focusing on aviation and military.
 In a career spanning 24 years, Titunik provided official Pentagon assistance and served as the principal Pentagon liaison to more than 400 film and video projects, principally in documentary and news formats. In addition to the cable networks, his credits include "60 Minutes," "20/20," "48 Hours," "I Witness Video," "Prime Time Live" and support for AP, UPI, Reuters, BBC and other international networks.
 Recent documentary projects include "Air Combat," "Medal of Honor," "Elite Fighting Forces," "First Flights" and "Secret Weapons."
 "LTC Titunik is the single most important individual in the Pentagon for the military documentary film producer. He has been the industry liaison for treatments, for script approvals; he has been the locator for interviews, for experts and for unusual footage; he has always been the first called if you had any project involving the Department of Defense," said Military Channel President L. Douglas Keeney. "Steve's dedication to a full-time cable network serving the 53 million dyed-in- the-wool aviation and military buffs was his overriding reason for selecting the Military Channel. We are honored and excited."
 Titunik served in the Army for 24 years and earned his masters in international relations at Troy State. Among the medals he wears are the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Legion of Merit, Viet Nam Service Ribbon, Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross (Unit Citation). He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.
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 /CONTACT: L. Douglas Keeney of The Military Channel, 502-585-9800/


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