TS News - Locomotion Network Launched

TELE-satellit News, 5 November 1996

Locomotion Network Launched
  NEW YORK, New York, USA, 96/11/04 (TS) -- Locomotion, a new 24-hour
all-animation channel for Latin America and the Caribbean, launched on
Monday. Locomotion, announced in July, is a partnership of Cisneros
Television Group and The Hearst Corporation and is available to all
subscribers to DirecTV Latin America's 23 countries, in Spanish, Portuguese
and English.

  Programming on the new network will be targeted at adults and children,
according to the network, and will include well-known series such as
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "He-Man" and "She-Ra."

  Locomotion will also offer programs from Hearst Entertainment's library of
animated series, which feature such action characters as Flash Gordon, The
Phantom, Prince Valiant, Defenders of the Earth and Galaxy Rangers. They
join Hearst's classic animated favorites Popeye, Betty Boop, Beetle Bailey,
Krazy Kat and Mandrake the Magician.

  Hearst interests in cable television include its role as a founding
partner in the Lifetime, A&E and The History Channel cable networks. Hearst
and ABC wholly own the Lifetime network as equal partners. The two media
companies are also equal partners in the A&E Network, in which NBC owns a
separate 25 percent. Hearst also owns 20 percent of ESPN. Recent cable
programming ventures between Hearst and ABC include ESPN2 and The History
Channel, which is a service of A&E Networks. Hearst and ABC also own 20
percent of Brazil's TVA.

  The Cisneros Group of Companies is one of the largest organizations in
Latin America with an array of premier companies. Affiliates of the Cisneros
Group include Venevision, the largest producer of Spanish- language
television programming in South America and Venevision International, a
major distributor of Spanish language programs throughout the world.  In
addition, the Cisneros Group holds a significant stake in Univision, the
largest Spanish-language Network in the United States, as well as
Chilevision, in Chile; CCN of Trinidad, a leading TV network in the
Caribbean and Puerto Rico's Xtra International.

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