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Zenith Electronics Corporation Comments On Digital Television Agreement

GLENVIEW, Ill., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Electronics Corporation (NYSE: ZE), a leader in the development of digital high-definition television (HDTV) and related digital television (DTV) technologies, issued the following statements about the DTV standard agreement among U.S. broadcasters, consumer electronics manufacturers and a coalition of computer companies:

PETER S. WILLMOTT, PRESIDENT AND CEO: "This historic agreement gives the FCC the green light to adopt the digital TV standard before the end of this year. That's great news because it will provide the certainty we need to complete development of digital TV sets. The big winner will be the American consumer who will finally be able to enjoy the quantum improvements in television performance and new interactive services that digital and high- definition technology will deliver to our living rooms."

WAYNE C. LUPLOW, VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING & HDTV: "The core technical standard -- representing the world's most flexible, computer-friendly broadcast system -- remains intact. As the developer of the digital transmission system at the heart of the HDTV standard, Zenith applauds the efforts of the consumer electronics, broadcast and computer industries in forging this agreement, which will pave the way for the final adoption of the U.S. DTV standard."

JOHN I. TAYLOR, VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS: "This week marks the one- year anniversary of the recommendation by the FCC Advisory committee to adopt the standard. We commend Commissioner Susan Ness for her leadership in bringing the sides together and pushing for resolution of issues that had been holding up adoption of the standard. Now -- with no political or technical barriers to FCC action -- America can quickly regain its world lead in digital television technologies."

SOURCE Zenith Electronics Corporation
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/CONTACT: Media: John Taylor, 847-391-8181; or Investor: Bill McNitt, 847-391-7713, both of Zenith/


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