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|Military Service Men and Women Get `Touch of Home' From Food Network and HGTV; Programming Distributed to over 1,000 Outlets in 170 Countries|
|KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec 20, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Scripps Networks (NYSE:SSP)
is serving up a healthy helping of Americana to the approximately 400,000 U.S.
military and diplomatic personnel stationed around the world with the addition
of Food Network and Home & Garden Television programming to the American Forces
Radio & Television Service. HGTV and Food Network programs are being distributed
via a combination of cable and satellite to more than 1,000 outlets on U.S.
bases and U.S. embassies in 170 countries and U.S. territories, as well as on
board U.S. Navy ships.
The licensing agreement, completed shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, provides 10 specials from HGTV's historical Homes of Our Heritage series and 10 specials and a series from Food Network to be scheduled around national holidays. The Homes of Our Heritage titles include American Heroes, The Presidents, Great American Women, American Trailblazers, African American Visionaries and American Innovators. Food Network programming includes the specials Holiday Treats, Follow That Chocolate, Ballpark Cafe, A Taste of Harlem, Candy Unwrapped, and Chinese New Year: An East Meets West Celebration, as well as the series Inside Scoop.
"We are proud to provide programming to the American Forces Radio & Television Service for the enjoyment of the men and women serving our country overseas, and to their families who may be abroad with them," said Kristen Jordan, vice president of international development for Scripps Networks. "HGTV and Food Network programming reflects so much of what we treasure as Americans - our homes and the sharing of good food and good times with our families and friends."
"We are extremely pleased to be able to provide programs from the Food Network and HGTV to U.S. forces stationed in more than 170 countries and territories around the world," said Ray B. Shepherd, Col. USAF, Commander AFRTS Broadcast Center. "Programs like yours greatly assist in enhancing the quality of life for each one of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving overseas. On behalf of our audience, I thank you for this contribution to the AFRTS worldwide broadcast mission."
American Forces Radio and Television is part of the Department of Defense, with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The AFRTS mission is to communicate Department of Defense policies, priorities, programs, goals and initiatives. AFRTS provides stateside radio and television programming, "a touch of home" to U.S. service men and women, Department of Defense civilians, and their families, serving outside the continental United States.
HGTV (www.hgtv.com) and Food Network (www.foodtv.com) are part of Scripps Networks, a division of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP). HGTV is distributed to almost 75 million households in the United States. The network's international reach extends into Canada, where HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada, and into Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand, where branded programming is available. Food Network, which is distributed to 67 million households in the U.S., also owns 29 percent of Food Network Canada, and its content also can be seen in France and Australia. In Asia, Food Network branded programming is carried the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore.
Scripps Networks also owns and operates DIY-Do It Yourself Network, and Fine Living. DIY's U.S. distribution is approaching 8 million while DIY branded content can be seen in Japan and the Philippines as well. Scripps Networks will launch its fourth network, Fine Living, in March of 2002.