Harris Corporation to Provide Digital Transmission Products and Upgrades for Media General's Next Phase of DTV Conversions



    
    Seven Media General properties to undergo full-power DTV conversions in
    2008-09
    

    CINCINNATI, March 6 /CNW/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:   HRS), an
international communications and information technology company, has been
awarded a contract to convert seven Media General Broadcast Group television
stations to full-power digital TV with Harris DTV transmitters beginning in
early 2008.  Media General Broadcast Group operates 23 television stations in
the U.S., and has exclusively used Harris TV transmission solutions for its
DTV conversion.
    The latest project includes digital upgrades of Harris(R) Sigma(R) UHF
and Platinum(R) VHF analog transmitters at six stations plus the installation
of a new Harris(R) Platinum-i(TM) digital transmitter at WSPA-TV in
Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The six stations scheduled to receive upgrades
are WMBB-TV in Panama City, Florida; WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tennessee;
WBTW-TV in Florence, South Carolina; WNEG-TV in Taccoa, Georgia; WJTV-TV in
Jackson, Mississippi; and WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.  The project is
targeted for completion by the FCC's February 17, 2009, analog shut-off date.
    Bob Richardson, director of engineering for Media General Broadcast
Group, said, "Harris has always done its homework from a research and
development standpoint, which made us feel very comfortable in continuing our
exclusive relationship with them as we moved into our early phase of DTV
conversion. Most of all, we have always felt that Harris offered excellent
customer support, a very important part of the relationship between
broadcaster and manufacturer."
    Harris will help relocate several Media General-owned Harris analog
transmitters to new sites, where they will be channel-changed and upgraded to
digital with the addition of Harris Corporation's market-leading Apex(TM)
digital exciter.  All transmitters also will be outfitted with the Harris(R)
eCDi(R) transmitter network control and monitoring system for maintaining
transmitter health moving forward.  Additionally, the broadcast group recently
installed a Harris(R) NetVX(TM) networking system at WALB-TV in Alexandria,
Louisiana for HDTV video encoding of CBS and NBC programming over the same
digital channel.

    
    About Harris Corporation
    
    Harris is an international communications and information technology
company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of about
$4 billion and more than 14,000 employees -- including more than 6,000
engineers and scientists.  Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class
assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services for global markets,
including government communications, RF communications, broadcast
communications, and wireless transmission network solutions. Additional
information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com





For further information:

For further information: Laura Whitaker of Harris Broadcast
Communications  Division, +1-408-782-1201, or laura.whitaker@harris.com; or
Robin Hoffman of  Pipeline Communications, +1-973-746-6970, or
robinh@pipecomm.com, for Harris  Corporation Web Site: http://www.harris.com

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