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TELEVISION FOOD NETWORK LAUNCH ANNOUNCED BY MAJOR PARTNERSHIP OF BROADCAST, CABLE COMPANIES

 PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A partnership of broadcasting and cable companies has agreed to create the Television Food Network (TVFN) for cable systems nationwide, it was announced today by Jack C. Clifford, Providence Journal Company vice president Broadcasting and Cable Television. The management company for TVFN will be a partnership between Providence Journal Company and Pacesetter Communications, of which Reese Schonfeld is chairman and CEO. Clifford will serve as chairman of TVFN's managing partner and Schonfeld as its CEO.
 The five general partners are Continental Cable Vision Inc., Landmark Communications Inc., Colony Communications (the cable division of the Providence Journal Company), Scripps Howard Cable Company and Tribune Broadcasting. Other partners are Adelphia Communications Corp., CableVision Industries Inc., C-Tec Cable Systems and Times Mirror Cable TV.
 The unique 24-hour basic-cable television channel of cooking, nutrition, fitness and other food-related features and news will premiere nationwide on Aug. 30 and launch full 24-hour service on Nov. 23.
 Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
 "We are delighted to have the commitment and resources of some of the country's great media companies as part of this new venture," said Clifford.
 The launch is planned with cable systems serving more than 5 million households combined, making it one of the largest initial audiences for a new cable network. Network programming will be produced in New York City-based studios under the management of Schonfeld, founding CEO of CNN and a veteran TV programming executive.
 Plans are for Television Food Network to begin operation with an initial eight hours of original programming a day repeated three times in a 24-hour cycle. Later, daily production of original programming will expand to 12 hours. Network representatives will sell advertising for the channel.
 Programming will include a celebrity interview show hosted by Robin Leach and the series "Cooking Classics," featuring such chefs as the legendary Dione Lucas and France's popular Jacques Pepin. Additional programming will include call-in shows about food, family and lifestyle; an hour of food news and views with chefs, gourmets and industry leaders; food preparation and presentation by renowned cooks; and features on how to shop smarter and better, how to improvise in the kitchen, a look at restaurants, and food-related travel.
 Regular series are expected to include "How to Feed Your Family on $75 a Week" and "Food in a Flash," as well as interviews with authors and food editors.
 A sneak preview will be available to cable systems across the country in the form of a two-hour, satellite-delivered coming attraction that will appear on cable systems beginning Monday, Aug. 30. Programming will be expanded to a repeated four-hour block on Sept. 27, with full service to be launched Nov. 23.
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