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FOX Television Stations and AccuWeather Form Multiplatform Weather Content Partnership

May 30, 2012; 8:07 AM
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NEW YORK - AccuWeather and FOX Television Stations will form an exclusive comprehensive on-air and online content and brand partnership in eleven markets this summer. The announcement was made today by Ron Stitt, Vice President Digital Media and Internet Operations and Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, Inc.

FOX-owned stations participating in this content partnership include: KDFW-TV (Dallas), WAGA-TV (Atlanta), WTTG-TV (Washington, DC), WJBK-TV (Detroit), KSAZ-TV (Phoenix), WTVT-TV (Tampa), KMSP-TV (Minneapolis), WOFL-TV (Orlando), WHBQ-TV (Memphis), KTBC-TV (Austin) and WOGX-TV (Gainesville). Stations will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather. Availability will extend across virtually all of the stations' media platforms, including web-enabled TV or Smart TV and mobile. As a result, viewers will have fingertip access to leading weather services, jointly produced and branded by FTS and AccuWeather.

In making the announcement, Stitt stated, "Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS. This exclusive partnership with AccuWeather, a company who has been extremely effective in pursuing digital platform distribution, notably Connected TV's, will help us take our digital weather products to the next level. This venture signifies our commitment to providing the best weather services to our viewers on all available platforms."

"Many experts believe the AccuWeather brand is the most powerful name in weather because of the uniqueness of the name and the superior quality of our content," added Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, Inc. "This exciting partnership with the FOX Television Station group creates the welcome opportunity to make our weather forecasts and information available to an ever-expanding audience."

Under the terms of the partnership, AccuWeather, a leading global weather information source, will provide the following to FOX stations participating in this agreement: enhanced meteorological data and extended forecasts, weather-related news and videos, interactive radar, and tailored forecasts related to how weather conditions may affect certain medical conditions, traveling plans and other outdoor activities.

About FOX Television Stations

The FOX Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.21% of U.S. television homes. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.

About AccuWeather, Inc., and AccuWeather.com

Every day over 600 million people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides the most accurate and detailed hourly forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, wired and mobile internet sites, and smart TVs and appliances, as well as on radio and television and in newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - recognized as one of the top 528 entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions.

Press Contacts:

FOX: Claudia Russo, 212-301-3997, claudia.russo@foxtv.com

AccuWeather: R. Lee Rainey, 814-235-8636, rainey@accuweather.com

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