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 POTTSTOWN, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 400,000 Suburban Cable customers will continue to receive WPHL-TV on their cable system as a result of a retransmission consent agreement between Suburban Cable and the Tribune Broadcasting Co. (NYSE: TRB).
 Suburban Cable and Tribune Broadcasting, owner of WPHL-TV (Channel 17), has signed a retransmission consent agreement allowing WPHL to be carried on cable in all Suburban Cable systems in the Philadelphia market. Systems are based in Coatesville, Wallingford, King of Prussia, Jamison, Norristown, Pottstown and Sellersville. The agreement was jointly announced by Debra Krzywicki, corporate vice president for The Lenfest Group, parent company of Suburban Cable, and Randall Smith, executive vice president and general manager of WPHL-TV. In addition, the agreement permits Suburban Cable systems in Lancaster and Hershey and Lenfest Group subsidiary South Jersey Cablevision to carry WPHL, Krzywicki said. The agreement also permits Suburban Cable subsidiary Bridge Cable TV to carry WPIX-TV (Channel 11).
 The agreement means the more than 400,000 customers served by nine Suburban Cable systems and South Jersey Cablevision will continue to receive WPHL, whose programming includes Phillies, Flyers and 76ers games. The 3,000 customers of Bridge Cable TV will continue to receive WPIX.
 In exchange for the granting of retransmission consent, Suburban Cable and subsidiaries will begin carriage over the next few years of the TV Food Network, a new basic cable network featuring original programming on food-related topics, including cooking nutrition, shopping, health and family living.
 "We are very happy we were able to reach an agreement with WPHL and WPIX," Krzywicki said. "We believe the agreement benefits our company, our customers, WPHL and WPIX." WPHL-TV's Smith added: "We are pleased to continue our relationship with Suburban Cable and South Jersey Cablevision and to provide our programming to their many customers."
 The 1992 Cable Act includes a provision known as retransmission consent. Commercial broadcast stations that choose retransmission consent can require compensation from cable companies in exchange for granting the cable company permission to carry the station on its cable system. Cable companies and broadcasters must have an agreement for carriage by Oct. 6, 1993.
 Suburban Cable is a subsidiary of the Pottstown-based Lenfest Group. Suburban Cable systems serve almost 400,000 customers in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania. South Jersey Cablevision serves about 18,000 customers in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in New Jersey. Bridge Cable TV serves about 3,000 customers in the New York market.
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 /CONTACT: Debra Krzywicki, corporate vice president, 215-327-0965, or Tom Gailey, 215-431-0935, of The Lenfest Group, or Randy Smith, executive vice president and general manager, of WPHL-TV, 215-878-1700/

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