FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 22, 1997
For additional information contact:
John Greene (919) 847-4714
WRAL-HD TV CBC CEO APPOINTED TO GORE COMMISSION
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Goodmon, President & CEO of Raleigh’s Capitol Broadcasting Company, has been appointed to President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Broadcasters (PIAC). The Committee is holding its first meetings today & tomorrow in Washington, DC. It will report to the Vice President on the public interest obligations digital television broadcasters should assume.
Goodmon has been instrumental in developing and testing the experimental HDTV. Through his television station WRAL-TV he obtained the first HDTV (high definition television) license in June of 1996, and aired the first official commercial HDTV signal on July 23, 1996. This revolutionary new digital technology promises a wide-screen, theater-style display in a 9-by-16 ratio with a much sharper image and CD-quality sound. It is expected that HDTV will replace television technology over the next few years.
Co-Chairs for the committee, announced by the President this past June, are Leslie Moonves of CBS Television & Dr. Norman Orstein of American Enterprise Institute. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) serves as secretariat to the Committee. The 23 committee members which include scholars and executives from Harvard to the National Parent Teacher Association were chosen from the private sector and represent the gamut of the television-viewing public.
Media inquiries may be directed to Paige Darden at the Office of Public Affairs (202) 482-7002 in Washington or John Greene (919) 847-4714 at Capitol Broadcasting Company. WRAL’s own HDTV progress can be monitored through the station’s webpage at www.wral-hd.com
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL-Digital, WRAL-FM, Microspace, the North Carolina News Network, DTV Plus, Wolfpack Sports Marketing, and Capitol Sports Management in Raleigh, NC; WJZY-TV and WFVT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club in Myrtle Beach, SC; Capitol Broadcasting Company also founded Local TV on Satellite in Raleigh, NC.