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SALT LAKE CITY AND OKLAHOMA CITY STATIONS JOIN THE PARAMOUNT NETWORK AS AFFILIATES

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- KJZZ-TV/Salt Lake City and KOCB-TV/Oklahoma City have joined The Paramount Network as affiliates, it was jointly announced today by Kerry McCluggage, chairman of Paramount Television Group and Evan Thompson, president of Chris-Craft Broadcasting. The addition of these top-50-market stations reflects the continuing momentum of The Paramount Network's progress and increases the number of affiliates to 15.
 In making the announcement, McCluggage commented, "We are in the final stages of negotiations on several additional markets, which we plan to announce shortly."
 Last week (Nov. 9), The Paramount Network added three other major market stations to its affiliate line-up, which includes 8 of the top 10 markets. Stations committed to The Paramount Network, which will launch in January 1995 with an anticipated 85 percent clearance level, are WWOR/New York (Chris-Craft), KCOP/Los Angeles (Chris-Craft), WPWR/Chicago, WTXF/Philadelphia (Paramount), KBHK/San Francisco (Chris- Craft), WDCA/Washington, D.C. (Paramount), KTXA/Dallas-Ft. Worth (Paramount), KTXH/Houston (Paramount), WUAB/Cleveland, KMSP/Minneapolis (Chris-Craft), KUTP/Phoenix (Chris-Craft), KPTV/Portland, Ore. (Chris- Craft), and WXMT/Nashville, Tenn.
 McCluggage added, "Clearly, stations are responding to our comprehensive plan for a broadcast television network. With these additional signings, and with the expectation that more will soon be announced, The Paramount Network is aggressively working toward our stated goal of providing stations and viewers with a network for top- quality programs."
 Thompson added, "Paramount's and Chris-Craft's strategy for building a network is certainly paying off. As station owners, we devised a plan that we knew would be appealing to independent station operators. We welcome KJZZ and KOCB and thank them for recognizing our formula for creating affiliate value."
 As previously announced, The Paramount Network will initially present four hours of original programming over two nights, with "Star Trek: Voyager" as its cornerstone. This all-new action/adventure hour, created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor, is the newest installment of television's most enduring franchise.
 The Paramount Network, a fifth television network to be launched in January 1995, is jointly owned and operated by Paramount Communications Inc. and Chris-Craft Industries Inc.
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 /CONTACT: John A. Wentworth, Media Relations, Paramount Television Group, 213-956-5394/


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