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'REMOTE' CHANGES: RETRANSMISSION/MUST CARRY AND THE CHANGING FACE OF TV IS TOPIC OF LOCAL GROUP'S SEPTEMBER MEETING

 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- An intense discussion of the powerful issue of retransmission consent/must carry in the television industry is the focus of the Sept. 8 meeting of the Pittsburgh Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), it was announced today.
 Special guests Robert N. Thomson, senior vice president of communications and policy planning for Tele-Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ- NMS: TCOMA) (TCI) and Thomas A. Conway, senior vice president and director of retail marketing for the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) will square off at 12:30 p.m. at The Riverwatch, 1501 Smallman Street, in the Strip District just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. Lunch will begin promptly at noon.
 By Oct. 6, cable operators and commercial broadcast stations nationwide must negotiate agreements for retransmission consent/must carry. The outcome of these negotiations will affect what viewers can and will see on television.
 This comes from the Cable Act of 1992, which paints two scenarios: 1) network affiliates may demand fees from cable companies which carry their signals which, in turn, gives cable companies the right to refuse to carry these stations, and 2) allows network affiliates to opt for "must carry" status, thereby forcing cable systems to carry the TV signals of stations within an area without a fee.
 Thomson and Conway will discuss the divergent positions within the television industry and will provide an open forum on this volatile issue.
 Thomson joined TCI in 1987 as a vice president of government affairs. He received his law degree from Georgetown University and has served as a White House special assistant and deputy assistant for congressional liaison in the Carter Administration in the 1970s. In 1981, he was named director, government affairs, and corporate assistant general counsel for Moore McCormack Resources, Inc., a transportation and natural resources firm in Connecticut.
 Conway was named to his current position at TVB last year. He began his career in the broadcast industry as an account executive for WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Fla., later moving to WGNX in Atlanta in the same capacity. He has served as a national sales manager and a general sales manager for WCBD-TV and WTAT-TV in Charleston, S.C., respectively. He joined TVB in 1988 as a marketing manager and was promoted to several regional sales positions before being named to his current post. He holds a B.S. degree in telecommunications from Kent State University.
 Cost of the luncheon program is $17 for AWRT members; $20 for non-members. Guests are welcome. For reservations, call 412-244-4452.
 American Women in Radio and Television is a national, non-profit organization founded to advance the impact of women professionals in the electronic media and allied fields.
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 /CONTACT: Suzi Neft Byers of AWRT, 412-232-8425/
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