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WRC-TV ANNOUNCES RETRANSMISSION CONSENT DEALS WITH NEARLY ALL WASHINGTON-AREA CABLE SYSTEMS

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- WRC-TV, the NBC-owned and operated station in Washington, announced today that retransmission consent agreements have been reached with cable firms serving 96 percent of all cable subscribers in the station's viewing area.
 Under the agreements, the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (NBC), granted area cable operators the right to continue carrying WRC-TV. The cable firms agreed to renew and extend their carriage of CNBC, NBC's business and talk cable service, and distribute "America's Talking," a new talk and information cable channel that NBC will soon launch.
 Allan Horlick, president and general manager of WRC-TV, said the agreements "will benefit consumers by providing them with valuable new programming services. We're also pleased that our viewers will continue to receive WRC-TV on their cable systems without interruption."
 NBC President and CEO Robert Wright said he was "very pleased with the outcome. Our agreements clearly recognize the significant value of our owned stations. Moreover, by completing virtually all of our retransmission consent negotiations, we have greatly strengthened CNBC's place in the constellation of cable programming services. We have also ensured that 'America's Talking' will be able to achieve significant national distribution, allowing it to become the premiere talk news service in the cable industry.
 In Washington, only nine cable systems were unable to reach retransmission consent agreements by the Oct. 6 deadline.
 The systems no longer authorized to carry WRC-TV's signal include:
 -- Americable (Warrenton, Va.)
 -- Cablevision of Manassas (Benchmark)
 -- Cablevision of Loudoun-Sterling (Benchmark)
 -- Valley Cable Systems in Wardensville and Capon Bridge, Va.
 -- Shenandoah Cable (Basye, Edinburg, Orkney Springs and
 Woodstock, Va.)
 -- Berkeley Cable Comm (West Virginia)
 -- Marcus Cable (Cambridge, Md.), and
 -- Mid-Atlantic Cable (parts of Howard County, Md.).
 WRC's signal continues to be available over the air to viewers in the affected areas.
 NBC has reached agreement with cable systems serving more than 99 percent of cable subscribers in the six markets where the network owns and operates television stations (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Miami and Denver).
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 /CONTACT: Allan Horlick, president and general manager of WRC-TV, 202-885-4445/


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