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

 MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Six major MSOs, including COX Cable Communications, Inc., Times Mirror Cable Television, Viacom Cable, Telecable Corporation, Prime Cable and InterMedia Partners have agreed to carry the FOX Inc. new basic cable network. These operators, serving 5 million subscribers join TCI to bring the new channel's number of committed subscribers to 15 million reaching close to 25 percent of all U.S. cable households.
 Under these agreements cable operators will pay FOX 25 cents per subscriber for the new general entertainment channel, which will be exclusive to cable subscribers; it is contemplated that the service will be scrambled. The cable operators will then be permitted to retransmit their local FOX affiliate station without having to pay a retransmission consent fee.
 Anne Sweeney, chairman and CEO of the new FOX cable network said, "The commitment made by these key MSO's is indicative of the positive response we have been receiving to the new basic cable network. 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 interest, but they will also receive continued access to their local FOX broadcast affiliate."
 Minneapolis, St. Paul and their surrounding communities are served by FOX affiliate KITN-TV FOX 29. Gail L. Brekke, KITN-TV general manager said, "We are anticipating a successful outcome here as FOX continues to finalize agreements with cable systems. We're pleased to welcome InterMedia Partners' Midwest Cablevision Systems on board." Midwest Cablevision serves subscribers in 50 Minnesota communities including Prior Lake and Savage.
 Added Larry Jones, president of the new FOX cable 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 and programming, Time/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 arrangement 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."
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 /CONTACT: Gail L. Brekke, general manager of KITN-TV, 612-424-2929/


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