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The Local AccuWeather Channel Continues to Add New Affiliates

January 08, 2007; 8:05 AM

Growth Fueled by Benefits from a Fully Automated, Revenue Generating Digital Local Weather Channel

(State College, PA - January 8, 2007) - AccuWeather, Inc. announced today the addition of several new Local AccuWeather Affiliates. Within the past few months several affiliates from both large and small markets have jumped on the LAWC bandwagon, among them station WHIO-TV in Dayton, OH, WMTV-TV in Madison, WI, WIFR-TV in Rockford, IL, WFTS-TV in Tampa, FL, KNXV-TV in Phoenix, WILX-TV in Lansing, MI, WSAW-TV in Wausau, WI, and KXTV-TV in Sacramento.

At the heart of the channel are automated, around-the-clock loops of customized weather information designed by AccuWeather's team of weather graphics experts. Included are national and local forecasts, plus travel, sports, and lifestyle segments. Special severe weather coverage appears automatically as needed.

WHIO-TV has branded their digital channel, 7 Weather Now. Chief Meteorologist, Jamie Simpson of WHIO-TV and WHIO-DT states "The Local AccuWeather Channel provides our station with the most accurate, up-to-date, and local forecasts, radar and current conditions." Harry Delaney, Vice President & General Manager of WHIO-TV adds, "AccuWeather gives us an entirely new platform for our strong StormCenter 7 weather brand. With its flexibility and 24/7 reach, it puts us in the unique position to own weather in this market."

The Local AccuWeather Channel builds advertising revenue with local avails in both the L-bar and video zones. Stations across the country in all market sizes are reaping the benefits and profits from operating a 24/7 turnkey weather station on their digital tier.

The high-quality graphics and full-motion video of the Local AccuWeather Channel have conservative bandwidth requirements that support a multicasting strategy. In addition, because the Local AccuWeather Channel is totally flexible and customizable to a station's look and market, the local station may choose to add live or recorded segments by its own news, weather, and sports talent or from local live cameras. The Local AccuWeather Channel can even simulcast the stations' regular programming.

The Local AccuWeather Channel may be used as a totally turnkey system, featuring graphics only, or with video segments by AccuWeather's nationally known weather talent. The channel has successfully launched in numerous markets across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and is available for immediate delivery in new markets.

About AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather, The World's Weather Authority™, presents accurate, localized, branded forecasts and severe weather bulletins to over 106 million Americans each day via the Internet, mobile devices and IPTV, through the airwaves, and in print. The 113 meteorologists at AccuWeather deliver a portfolio of customized products and services to media, business, government, and institutions, and inform millions of visitors worldwide through the free AccuWeather.com website. AccuWeather also provides content onto more than 20,000 third-party Internet sites, including CNN Interactive, ABC's owned and operated stations, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Visit www.accuweather.com for more information.


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