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GROUP W TELEVISION ANNOUNCES NATIONAL RETRANSMISSION CONSENT AGREEMENTS WITH CABLE OPERATORS

 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Jonathan Klein, president of Group W Television, today announced a series of deals with cable operators for the retransmission of Group W Television stations in exchange for carriage of "America's Talking," the new NBC talk, news and information network.
 "These are win-win agreements in all cases," Klein said. "Group W achieves a good level of fair value for the service we provide to cable operators and their customers, and viewers receive ongoing carriage of our stations plus access to a new, innovative programming service. We look forward to announcing additional deals in the very near future, both based on this concept and on other creative concepts as well."
 Klein announced that Group W had concluded a deal with Times Mirror Cable that builds upon NBC's Sept. 2 agreement with the cable company, securing additional distribution commitments for "America's Talking" in exchange for retransmission rights for Group W's Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh stations.
 Group W will also build on NBC's Sept. 14 arrangement with Jones Intercable for carriage of "America's Talking," bringing in additional viewers for the new cable network in exchange for retransmission rights for Group W Television stations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and San Francisco.
 A similar deal has been established with Sammons Communications that would enhance the distribution of "America's Talking" announced by NBC on Sept. 14, in exchange for retransmission rights for Group W stations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
 Group W further announced a nationwide deal with The Lenfest Group establishing greater distribution of "America's Talking" in San Francisco and Philadelphia.
 Within its five markets, Group W Television stations have also hammered out a variety of local agreements, some involving cash, others for operating considerations. These agreements are for the most part with stand-alone, independent cable operators, according to Klein. "While none brings with it large subscriber numbers, in aggregate the cable customers these agreements represent is significant and extremely welcome to us," he said.
 Klein further indicated that a number of other retransmission agreements would be completed in coming days. "We're very pleased about how the talks are coming with our cable counterparts, both in our markets and on a national basis," he said. "While the process has not been easy, in the end it has for the most part been possible for free, over-the-air broadcasters to achieve some measure of fair value for the service we provide to the cable operator."
 The Group W television stations are: WJZ-TV in Baltimore (ABC), WBZ-TV in Boston (NBC), KYW-TV in Philadelphia (NBC), KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh (CBS) and KPIX in San Francisco (CBS).
 Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, Inc. (Group W) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX), with interests in television and radio, program production and distribution, syndication and cable.
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CO: Group W Television; NBC; Times Mirror Cable; Jones Intercable;
 Sammons Communications; The Lenfest Group ST: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California IN: ENT SU:


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