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FOX INC. BASIC CABLE NETWORK MOVES FORWARD WITH SIX MAJOR MSO AGREEMENTS

 LOS ANGELES, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Six MSOs, including Cox Cable Communications Inc., Times Mirror Cable Television, Viacom Cable, TeleCable Corp., InterMedia Partners, and Prime Cable have agreed to carry Fox Inc.'s new basic cable network, bringing its total number of committed subscribers to 15 million, announced Anne Sweeney, chairman and chief executive officer.
 "The commitment made by these key MSOs is indicative of the positive response we have been receiving to the new basic cable network," said Sweeney. "We are confident that other cable operators will continue to respond to the fact that we are developing a very clear strategy that meets the needs of our audience.
 "Viewers will be the ultimate winners," she continued. "Not only will they get a new general entertainment channel specifically designed to serve their interests, but they will also receive continued access to their local FOX broadcast affiliate."
 Added Larry Jones, president of the network, "We are optimistic about concluding additional agreements in the near future. We're offering cable operators a clear programming alternative as well as the ability to continue to work closely with the broadcasters in their area."
 Bob Redella, vice president, Programming and Investments, Cox, stated, "We strongly believe that Fox will provide a unique and valuable cable network benefiting most importantly the cable subscriber. We are especially excited by the original programming Fox intends to bring to the cable industry."
 Chris Forgy, senior vice president, Marketing, Sales & Programming, Times Mirror Cable added, "Fox deserves credit for being the first major network to craft and aggressively pursue a creative solution to the retransmission consent challenge. This deal meets our established win- win objective for such arrangements and we are delighted to be a part of it."
 Lynne Buening, Viacom director of Programming, stated, "Fox seems to have quite a unique perspective on a general entertainment cable network. We think this is a positive approach to moving forward in the changing multichannel environment."
 As a result of agreements with seven of the top MSOs in the country, including TCI, Fox Inc.'s new cable network is already reaching close to 25 percent of all U.S. cable households.
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 /CONTACT: Rachel McCallister or Dalina Soto-Loeser of Rachel McCallister & Associates, 213-939-5991, for Fox/


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