Geraldo Rivera to Launch New News Program From Twentieth Television in November Live Half-Hour Strip 'Geraldo at Large' to Embrace Breaking News

and In-Depth Investigative Reports

    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Twentieth Television today unveiled
 "Geraldo at Large," a live first-run half-hour news strip hosted by Emmy and
 Peabody award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera scheduled to launch on the Fox
 owned-and-operated stations in November.  The announcement was made today by
 Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, Inc.
     Produced in New York and distributed by Twentieth Television, "Geraldo at
 Large" will take the most compelling stories we hear, see and read about each
 day and produce them in a fast, informative and exciting way.  "Geraldo at
 Large" will be on the scene of top stories, with special correspondents and
 field teams delivering exclusive reports, in-depth reporting, breaking news
 and top newsmakers.
     Regarding the announcement, Abernethy stated, "Strong news reporting and
 the delivery of comprehensive information to the viewer are key ingredients to
 success and ones we are going to incorporate into our program strategy.  News
 is a key driver for the Fox owned-and-operated stations and 'Geraldo at Large'
 will serve as a strong complement to our local stations' newscasts."
     Bob Cook, president and COO of Twentieth Television, noted, "'Geraldo at
 Large' will take our news programming strategy to an entirely new level.
 Viewers are demanding more topical coverage and stronger investigative
 reporting in their news.  With Geraldo's strong background and experience, we
 elected to further evolve our news program strategy by launching this show, as
 it will help us satisfy this requisite among the audience."
     "Geraldo at Large" will replace time periods on the Fox O&Os currently
 held by "A Current Affair," which will remain on the air through October.
     Cook continued, "We are very proud of the effort put forth into 'A Current
 Affair,' which displayed some exceptional work but has not resonated with
 audiences in the larger markets as well as we would have liked.  I want to
 thank the 'A Current Affair' team, including Peter Brennan, John Tomlin, host
 Tim Green and the entire staff, for their dedication to the show.  I also wish
 to thank our partner stations on 'A Current Affair.'  We are grateful for
 their support and look forward to discussing with them how 'Geraldo at Large'
 will better meet their programming needs."
     One of Fox News' top journalists, Rivera has covered some of the world's
 largest news stories for the channel, most recently Hurricane Katrina in New
 Orleans.  A legendary television journalist celebrated for his investigative
 reports, he recently was promoted to correspondent at large for the channel.
 Rivera joined Fox News in November 2001 as a war correspondent.  He was
 immediately stationed in Afghanistan to cover Operation Enduring Freedom and
 later in Bethlehem to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
     Rivera began his career as a reporter for WABC-TV in New York, where he
 presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State
 School for the mentally ill.  These award-winning reports led to a government
 investigation and the institution was eventually shut down.
     Before becoming a member of the original cast of ABC's "Good Morning
 America," Rivera presented the first television broadcast of the infamous
 Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination of President John Kennedy as host
 of ABC's "Good Night America."  He then began an eight-year association with
 ABC's "20/20" as an investigative reporter.  One of his hour-long reports,
 "The Elvis Cover-Up," was for more than two decades "20/20's" highest rated
 shows.  In 1987, he began producing and hosting his first-run syndicated talk
 show "The Geraldo Rivera Show" for 11 years.  In 1998, he hosted a series of
 investigative specials on NBC.
     The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award (his third) for
 his NBC News documentary on "Women In Prison," and the Scripps Howard
 Foundation national journalism award for "Back to Bedlam," Rivera has received
 more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster
 Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and
 two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.
     Rivera is a veteran foreign correspondent who has been on the frontlines
 in virtually every international conflict since 1973.  He has expertise in the
 Afghanistan region, covering the international drug wars of tribal territories
 in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.  His vast war experience has spanned the
 violent coup in Chile and the Yom Kippur War to the civil wars in Guatemala,
 the Philippines and Nicaragua, as well as the ethnic conflicts in Lebanon
 (1980-83) and Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo (1998-1999).  In 2000, he went to
 Colombia to cover the country's civil war.
     Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera served as host of CNBC's number-one
 rated prime time show, "Rivera Live," where his critically-acclaimed coverage
 of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict set an all-time CNBC ratings record.
 Rivera is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School, and
 is the author of seven books.
     The Fox Television Station group, one of the nation's largest owned-and-
 operated network broadcast groups, comprises 35 stations in 26 markets,
 covering nearly 45% of U.S. television homes.  This includes five duopolies in
 the top 10 markets, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington
 D.C., as well as duopolies in Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
     A leader in the domestic program production and distribution arena,
 Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run and off-network
 programming, as well as feature film packages, to the syndication and cable
 marketplaces.  First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include
 the news magazine "A Current Affair," the popular court show strip "Divorce
 Court" and the new court show "Judge Alex," which debuted this fall.
 Twentieth Television also oversees the domestic sales of one of the most
 extensive libraries of off-net programming in the entertainment industry.
 This fall, the company is launching the groundbreaking drama "24," starring
 Kiefer Sutherland, and The Peabody Award-winning sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show"
 in off-net syndication.

SOURCE Twentieth Television

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