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SUBURBAN CABLE GRANTED PERMISSION TO RETRANSMIT WPMT-TV

 POTTSTOWN, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers of Suburban Cable's Lancaster and Hershey systems will continue to receive WPMT-TV over their cable systems at least until Dec. 6.
 Suburban Cable and WPMT (Channel 43) have signed an interim retransmission consent agreement that will permit Suburban Cable to carry the broadcast station until Dec. 6, 1993, while a final agreement is negotiated, said Debra Krzywicki, corporate vice president for The Lenfest Group, the parent company of Suburban Cable. WPMT-TV is a Fox Broadcasting affiliate based in York, Pa. The station can be seen on Channel 4 in the Suburban Cable Lancaster and Hershey systems.
 "We are certainly happy we will be able to continue to deliver WPMT to our customers," Krzywicki said.
 The 1992 Cable Act includes a provision known as retransmission consent. Commercial broadcast stations that choose retransmission consent can require payment from cable companies in exchange for granting the cable company permission to carry the station on its cable system. Cable companies must receive permission to carry a broadcast signal by midnight Oct. 5, 1993. If an agreement is not reached, a broadcaster can require a cable company to remove the station from its lineup. Any agreements reached between a cable company and a broadcaster are for a three-year period ending 1996.
 Terms of the interim agreement between Suburban Cable and WPMT are not being disclosed, Krzywicki said. "We look forward to reaching a final agreement with WPMT in the near future," she said.
 Suburban Cable's Lancaster system serves about 73,000 customers in more than 40 municipalities in Lancaster County. Suburban Cable's Hershey system serves about 18,000 customers in 10 municipalities in Lebanon and Dauphin counties. Suburban Cable serves about 400,000 customers in Pennsylvania, making it the state's second largest cable company.
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 /CONTACT: Debra Krzywicki, corporate vice president, 215-327-0965, or Tom Gailey, marketing communications manager, 215-431-0935, of The Lenfest Group/


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