WPHL-TV, CHANNEL 17 TO BROADCAST 'THE INQUIRER NEWS HOUR'
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tribune Broadcasting Company's WPHL-TV, Channel 17 in Philadelphia, will broadcast "The Inquirer News Hour," a nightly local news program produced by Knight-Ridder Inc. and based on the award-winning journalism of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Knight-Ridder has formed a video subsidiary, KR Video Inc., to produce a new, primetime news show. "The Inquirer News Hour" will have its own staff, housed at WPHL, and will broadcast seven nights a week from 10 to 11 p.m. The theme of the program, to be produced by broadcast journalists, will be tomorrow's newspaper tonight. Special segments based on the Inquirer's award-winning investigative journalism will be featured on occasion. "Our expertise on the technical side, coupled with the news gathering capabilities of Knight-Ridder and The Inquirer, make this a perfect marriage," said Randall E. Smith, executive vice president and general manager of WPHL-TV. "We have built WPHL into Philadelphia's sports station with broadcasts of the Phillies, Flyers and 76ers games and local news is the next logical step for us with our commitment to local programming. We feel certain that this team will provide the most informed, most complete television newscast in the Delaware Valley." KR Video will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Ridder, hiring a staff of broadcast news producers, anchors, reporters, photographers and advertising sales people. WPHL will provide facilities including a studio and offices as well as engineering and technical support. WPHL-TV is a subsidiary of Tribune Broadcasting Company (TBC). Tribune Broadcasting owns seven independent television stations, five of which provide primetime newscasts. TBC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tribune Company, a leading source of information and entertainment in 12 of the nation's largest metropolitan markets, reaching daily one out of two U.S. households. In Novenber of 1993, Tribune signed an agreement to purchase the assets of an eighth station, WLVI-TV, Boston, subject to FCC approval. In January 1993, Tribune Broadcasting launched ChicagoLand Television News, a local 24-hour news channel drawing on the news-gathering resources of the Chicago Tribune. -0- 1/10/94 /CONTACT: Megan Bueschel, 312-222-3456, or Daniel Reese, 215-878-1700, both of Tribune Broadcasting Co./ (TRB)
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