HOUSTON, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With energy-related issues increasingly in the headlines not only in the U.S. Gulf Coastal area but worldwide, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV is now bringing Platts Energy Week, the weekly independent all-energy news and talk television program, to the greater Houston metropolitan area.
The program's syndication to Houston was marked at a reception Tuesday night at the Petroleum Club of Houston attended by more than 150 energy executives and media.
"We are proud that Platts Energy Week is expanding into syndication after its first year of production, and excited to join with KHOU to bring the program into one of the most important energy-producing regions in the United States," said Larry Neal, president of Platts, a leading global energy information provider and co-producer of the program. "We would also like to thank Deloitte for its sponsorship in this market and its support with syndication to other key energy markets."
Platts Energy Week, hosted by Platts' Inside Energy Editor Bill Loveless, who brings more than three decades of energy journalism experience to the anchor chair, follows an interview format featuring guests from the Obama Administration, U.S. Congress, U.S. regulatory agencies, the energy industry, think tanks and the investment community.
The 30-minute program is co-produced by Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), and W*USA-TV, the Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate and flagship television station of Gannett Company (NYSE: GCI) and has been in operation in its founding city of Washington, D.C. since March 2010.
For the convenience of its viewers, KHOU has dedicated two different time slots to the program. It airs on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. Central time on channel 11.1 (available on Comcast on channel 611) and on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. via channel 11.2 (Comcast channel 310). KHOU programming is also available via channel 11 on DirectTV and Dish Network.
While the all-energy program is U.S.-focused and produced in the nation's capital, it reflects the global vantage point of Platts, whose correspondents are stationed in such major energy cities as London, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo and Moscow.
"We're thrilled that Houston, one of the world's most important energy cities, is the first syndication market for the Platts Energy Week Network and look forward to expanding the network into additional broadcast markets where energy information is particularly relevant," said Allan Horlick, president and general manager of WUSA*9. "There is no better place than Platts Energy Week for those in energy to tell their story and debate the issues."
To download the free Platts Energy Week iPhone app via iTunes, click here or http://itunes.apple.com/app/platts-energy-eek/id412721427.
KHOU-TV Channel 11 is owned and operated by Belo Corporation, which owns 20 television stations, including properties in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Seattle/Tacoma, Phoenix, St. Louis, Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Hampton/Norfolk, Louisville, Austin, New Orleans, Tucson, Spokane and Boise.
About Platts: Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is a leading global provider of energy and metals information. With a century of business experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150 countries. An independent provider, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity, emissions, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical, shipping, and metals markets from 17 offices worldwide. Platts' real-time news, pricing, analytical services and conferences help markets operate with transparency and efficiency. Traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry leaders depend upon Platts to help them make better business decisions. Additional information is available at http://www.platts.com.
About The McGraw-Hill Companies: Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global financial information and education company that helps professionals and students succeed in the Knowledge Economy. Leading brands include Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has approximately 21,000 employees with more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2010 were $6.2 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.
About W*USA: W*USA is owned by the Gannett Company Inc. (NYSE: GCI). Gannett is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites; CareerBuilder.com, the nation's top employment site; USATODAY.com; and more than 80 local MomsLikeMe.com sites. Gannett publishes 84 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 700 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom's second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites. Gannett TV stations are: WATL-TV, Atlanta, WXIA-TV, Atlanta, WLBZ-TV, Bangor, Maine, WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, N.Y.WKYC-TV, Cleveland, Ohio, WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C., KTVD-TV, Denver, Colo. KUSA-TV, Denver, Colo. KNAZ-TV, Flagstaff, Ariz. WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich., WFMY-TV, Greensboro, N.C., WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tenn., KTHV-TV, Little Rock, Ark., WMAZ-TV, Macon, Ga., KARE-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, KPNX-TV, Phoenix, Ariz., WCSH-TV, Portland, Maine, KXTV-TV, Sacramento, Calif., KSDK-TV, St. Louis, Mo., WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.