WFSB and CPTV Launch the Connecticut Sports Network on Cox Communications Systems Starting September 2

Release Date: 08/18/2009

24-hour Cable Channel to Cover Statewide High School and College Sports

Programming Available to Cox Customers on the Digital Sports and Information Tier, Channel 144

 

The Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN), a combined effort of WFSB and CPTV and the state’s first-ever 24-hour local sports network, will be officially launched September 2, 2009, on Cox Communications Systems. The new network will provide the state's cable television viewers with a 24-hour channel featuring high school and college sporting events, special programming and news.

"Today is 'game day' for sports fans throughout the state," said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of CPTV. "Viewers get to see all their hometown heroes as we begin to broadcast different high school and college sports from every corner of Connecticut."

"This new network is a natural extension of WFSB's commitment to covering local sports, while giving advertisers a highly efficient new way to reach an important market," said Klarn DePalma, vice president and general manager, WFSB-TV.
Governor Rell lauded the CTSN initiative for its "commitment to cover the broadest range of scholastic sports and to complement its event programming with community-oriented and educational content."

Coach Auriemma compared the CTSN launch with the initial broadcasts of UConn women's basketball on CPTV 15 years ago. Auriemma said, "There's a huge appetite out there for the genuine excitement of scholastic athletics, and it's wonderful that the state will now get to see our future stars at the high school as well as the wider college level. We all look forward to the success and growth of this network."

“Cox is pleased to be a partner with CTSN in providing Connecticut sports fans a source for local sports events and programming,” said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing, Cox Communications New England. “The addition of CTSN to a lineup that already includes Cox Sports ensures our customers receive the best coverage of local sports in the region.”
 “We are delighted to have Cox Communications on board and it is our hope that other cable franchises will soon follow to bring this programming to a television audience of student athletes, their families and scholastic sports enthusiasts throughout the state,” said Anthony Meliso General Manager of CTSN.

“CTSN is an historic achievement for high school sports in Connecticut and the CIAC is proud to partner with WFSB and CPTV in this venture,” said Michael Savage, Executive Director of CAS-CIAC. “There are so many extremely talented teams and individual players representing well over 100,000 high school athletes who will now have a regular opportunity to showcase their talents,” added Savage.

About WFSB
WFSB TV is Connecticut’s most watched television station and is owned and operated by Meredith Broadcasting. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) is one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media. Meredith owns or operates 12 television stations that reach nearly 10 percent of television households across the country and one radio station.

About CPTV
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries, and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™, and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. For more information, visit www.cptv.org.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com

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