The Better Show Co-Host JD Roberto Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension Popular Daytime Personality Excited About Future of Meredith's Growing Daily Lifestyle Show

NEW YORK, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Meredith Video Studios announced today that JD Roberto has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to continue as co-host of The Better Show.

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The Better Show currently airs every weekday in 162 markets reaching 75 percent of U.S. television households, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. The Better Show, which has aired more than 1,300 hourly episodes, has been renewed for a seventh season beginning in September 2013.  Additionally, The Better Show will air every weekday to nearly 90 million homes on the Hallmark Channel starting in September.

"I look forward to several more exciting years with The Better Show and Meredith Video Studios," Roberto said.  "The Better Show has incredible momentum as we head into our seventh season.  We are well-positioned for continued success as we showcase The Better Show to new audiences via the Hallmark Channel."

Roberto will be entering his third year as co-host of The Better Show.  He has an extensive career in television, previously hosting ABC's How To Get The Guy, Discovery Channel's Alaskan Adventure Challenge and the behind-the-scenes American Idol Extra and Reality Remix for the Fox Reality Channel.  Roberto's background includes theater credits and appearances in feature films. He has also been a contributing writer to the Los Angeles TimesHuffington Post and  LA Parent Magazine.

"We have had great success with the show this past year and are excited to be moving into our next season with JD as co-host," said Tracy Langer Chevrier, Vice President and Executive Producer of The Better Show. "JD entertains audience members with his humor, insight and versatility. He has become an important asset for our show and our audience."

The Better Show is a contemporary information-talk show leveraging expertise from Meredith's expansive content portfolio, including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle, More and Fitness magazines. It offers a great mix of editorial and branded entertainment segments, a favorite for food, Celebrity interviews, beauty, fashion, DIY and retail brands.  

The Better Show consistently rates No. 1 in its time-period in numerous markets and has seen a steady increase in NSI C3 ratings across the country and on its website, BetterTV.com.  Additionally, The Better Show has partnered with TV Syndication Co (TVSCO) for international distribution, and is now available in all TVSCO's international territories.

Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) is one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies serving 100 million American women.  Meredith features multiple well-known national brands – including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Allrecipes.com and EveryDay with Rachael Ray – and local television brands in fast-growing markets. 

Meredith's Local Media Group owns or operates 13 television stations that reach nearly 10 percent of U.S. television households: WGCL-TV (CBS) and WPCH-TV (TBS), Atlanta; KPHO-TV (CBS), Phoenix; KPTV (FOX) and KPDX-TV (MYN), Portland, OR; WFSB-TV (CBS), Hartford-New Haven, CT; WSMV-TV (NBC) Nashville, TN; KCTV (CBS) and KSMO (MYN), Kansas City, MO; WHNS-TV (FOX), Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC-Asheville, NC; KVVU-TV (FOX), Las Vegas, NV; WNEM-TV (CBS), Flint-Saginaw, MI; and WSHM, (CBS), Springfield, MA.

SOURCE Meredith Corporation



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