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 Fiber-Optic Television Transmission Agreement With Vyvx To
 Support Fox News Services, and Both Political Conventions
 LOS ANGELES, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fox Inc. and Vyvx Inc. today announced an agreement for Vyvx to provide Fox with digital fiber- optic television transmission services to support Fox news activities and various other Fox programs.
 Through the agreement, Fox will become the first major programming service or network to use fiber optics instead of satellites as its primary means of gathering news nationwide.
 Vyvx will backhaul news from Fox affiliates (see following city list) to Fox News Service in Washington for editing, and then on to Fox's broadcast center in Los Angeles. The edited news will also be distributed via fiber to select Fox affiliates in major cities.
 Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 Digital video transmission via fiber optic cable, available in efficient time increments virtually on demand is an exciting new alternative for cost-efficient nationwide news gathering, said Andrew G. Setos, Fox senior vice president, studio and broadcast operations and engineering. Fiber is not only cost-competitive with conventional means, such as Ku band satellites, but delivers several advantages, including transparent picture and sound quality unimpaired by weather phenomenon, such as rain; absolute security ensuring a competitive edge for exclusive breaking news stories; and inherently a more consistent and reliable level of technical performance.
 Vyvx is the television services unit of WilTel, which owns and operates one of only four nationwide fiber-optic networks in the United States. The WilTel network has access to more than 30,000 system miles. Through Vyvx, WilTel is the only telecommunications company in the United States to provide switched broadcast-quality fiber-optic television transmission services to the television industry.
 This agreement is only a precursor of things to come for the cable and broadcast industries, said Del Bothof, Vyvx president. As more and more fiber-optic cable is installed nationwide, the television industry will have even more advanced opportunities for gathering and distributing television programming.
 Vyvx's ability to provide access on demand a key component for efficient news gathering once connected to the fiber network is unmatched by satellite systems, Bothof said. Additionally, fiber provides interconnectivity opportunities for all customers connected to the Vyvx network.
 For example, affiliates can send and receive news from a major news gathering center as well as exchange news and programming with each other nationwide on-demand, Bothof added. As the Vyvx network expands, local connectivity to broadcast affiliates, cable networks and cable systems will occur, providing tremendous reach for news and programming exchange.
 The agreement also calls for Vyvx to provide Fox with fiber-optic television transmission services for transmission of America's Most Wanted from Washington to Los Angeles and transmission of A Current Affair from New York to Los Angeles.
 Vyvx will also provide service to Fox for its coverage of the 1992 GOP Convention from Houston to Washington and the 1992 National Democratic Convention from New York to Washington.
 Fox Inc. is comprised of Fox Broadcasting Co., Fox Television Stations, Twentieth Television and Twentieth Century Fox, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of News America Ltd.
 Vyvx has been providing high-quality secure fiber-optic television transmission services since 1990. In addition to high-profile events such as Super Bowls XXIV and XXV, two Indianapolis 500s, World Series, NCAA Final Four, Major League Baseball, NFL Football, NHL Hockey, the war in the Persian Gulf, the turmoil in the Soviet Union and more, Vyvx carries news and entertainment programming and numerous sports events daily. WilTel is a full-service telecommunications company that offers data, voice and video products and services nationwide. WilTel provides end-to-end network services, communications equipment and facilities management and maintenance and is the only nationwide fiber-optic network dedicated primarily to business communications services. WilTel has sales and service offices in more than 100 cities nationwide.
 WilTel is one of The Williams Cos. Inc., a $4.2 billion corporation headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., that provides energy transportation and nationwide digital telecommunications. Williams is listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges (symbol WMB).
 Fox will use the Vyvx fiber-optic television transmission system to gather news from the following cities:
 Atlanta; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles, Nev.; Miami; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; New Orleans; New York; Newark, N.J.; Orlando,Fla.; Philadelphia, Penn.; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Salt Lake City; Santa Clara, Calif.; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Washington.
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 /CONTACT: Kevin Inda of WilTel, 713-547-1000; or Dennis

Petroskey of Fox Inc. 310-203-1755/
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