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OVER 90 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK JOIN NEW GOVERNMENT SERVICES TELEVISION NETWORK OF WESTCOTT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

 DALLAS, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Local governments from coast-to- coast are joining the newly-formed Government Services Television Network (GSTN), the first service of its kind to meet the training and information needs of the government services market.
 "The response to GSTN has been overwhelming," says Bailey Stone, national sales manager of GSTN. "City and county governments recognize the benefits of on-site training in reducing both travel and training costs at a time when government dollars are squeezed and in providing timely access to news and information on the critical issues of local government today."
 Partners in GSTN are Westcott Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: WCTV), which produces, markets and distributes the programming, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and Public Technology, Inc. (PTI).
 According to ICMA Executive Director William H. Hansell Jr., "The early success of the network reflects the strength of the partners, the quality of the programming, and the growing acceptance of distance learning as the wave of the future."
 Among the first GSTN subscribers are the cities of Charlotte, N.C.; Pasadena, Calif., Austin, Texas; Rye, N.Y.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Pullman, Wa.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Lawton, Okla.; Elgin, Ill.; Sarasota, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Cadillac, Mich.; Abilene, Texas and counties include Hennepin County, Minn., (Minneapolis); Washtenaw County, Mich. (Ann Arbor); Salt Lake County, Utah; and Mecklenburg County, N.C.
 Programming for GSTN, which will include training and information for appointed and elected officials, supervisors, managers and employees, will debut in the third quarter, 1993. Topics will cover current legislative updates, new revenue sources, downsizing, diversity, environmental issues, new technologies, and the spectrum of subjects necessary for effective government operations. In addition, programs that can be readily broadcast on local cable access channels will be offered to all subscribers. Initially, the network's broadcast-quality programming will be delivered to subscribing local governments via videotape.
 Through the partners of the new Government Services Television Network, GSTN is expected to reach approximately 45,000 city and county public service professionals. For more information concerning GSTN, contact the National Sales Manager at 1-800-284-4786.
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 /CONTACT: Annemarie Marek, 214-716-5234, or 214-828-0634, or Bailey Stone, national sales manager, 214-716-5476, both of Westcott Communications/
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