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KYW-TV AND U.S. HEALTHCARE EXPAND CLOSED-CAPTIONING TO SECOND LOCAL NEWSCAST

 KYW-TV AND U.S. HEALTHCARE
 EXPAND CLOSED-CAPTIONING TO SECOND LOCAL NEWSCAST
 PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- KYW-TV and U.S. Healthcare (NASDAQ: USHC), which teamed up four years ago to bring Delaware Valley TV viewers the first closed-captioned local newscast (Channel 3's 11 p.m. news), are joining forces again to make a second local newscast available to the Delaware Valley's hearing-impaired community.
 Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, KYW's 6 p.m. newscast, "News Beat," anchored by Bruce Hamilton and Jennifer Ward, will be closed-captioned. U.S. Healthcare has renewed its sponsorship of KYW's closed-captioning program for the fourth consecutive year, making closed-captioning of the two news programs possible.
 In honor of the renewal, KYW-TV will "open caption" a segment of its Nov. 16, 6 p.m. news. This will give all viewers a chance to see a demonstration of closed-captioning whether or not they have a closed- captioning decoder on their television sets.
 On May 4, 1989, Channel 3 became the first television station in Philadelphia to offer state-of-the-art, real-time closed-captioning of local news for the hearing-impaired, serving the more than 300,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are hearing-impaired.
 KYW-TV Vice President and General Manager Jonathan Klein said he sees this public service playing an even bigger role in the future. "As technology advances, and decoders become a built-in feature on newer TV sets, we expect this service to help even more people locally -- not just the hearing-impaired, but new residents struggling with the English language, young children learning to read and older citizens, not technically hearing-impaired, but having some difficulty with their hearing. In other words -- this service will be available to everyone without the need of special equipment. We are proud that, through our partnership with U.S. Healthcare, we were able to help those who desperately need this service now and those who will benefit from it in the coming years."
 KYW-TV's news is closed-captioned by American Data Captioning in Philadelphia. KYW-TV is the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia and is owned by Group W Television, Inc. U.S. Healthcare is also known locally as HMO PA/NJ.
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 /CONTACT: Joanne Calabria of KYW-TV 3, 215-238-4964/
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