Monday, October 08, 2007

Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners;

(excerpts): SAN ANTONIO – April 20, 2007 – Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE:CCU) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Television Group to Providence Equity Partners Inc. for approximately $1.2 billion. The sale includes 56 television stations (including 18 digital multicast stations) located in 24 markets across the United States. Also included in the sale are the stations’ associated Web sites, the Television Operations Center, and Inergize Digital Media, which manages the Television Group’s online and wireless initiatives. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

The Television Group currently consists of ten CW, eight FOX, seven NBC, six ABC, six CBS, four My Network TV, two NBC Weather Plus, two Telemundo, five independent stations, and six stations affiliated with Clear Channel’s Variety Television Network (VTV). A chart of the individual broadcast properties, by location and network affiliation, is attached below.

Clear Channel estimates net proceeds after-tax and after customary transaction costs will be approximately $1.1 billion for the Television Group. Information on the treatment of tax loss carry forwards relative to this sale is provided below.


Clear Channel previously announced that it was also attempting to divest 448 radio stations in 88 markets. To date the Company has entered definitive agreements to sell 161 radio stations in 34 markets for a total consideration of approximately $331 million. The Company expects these transactions to close during the second half of 2007. The Company estimates net proceeds after-tax and after customary transaction costs for these 161 stations will be approximately $300 million. Information on the treatment of tax loss carry forwards relative to these sales is provided below.

The Company continues to pursue the divestiture of 287 radio stations in 54 markets. These remaining stations that are not under definitive agreement had OIBDAN* of approximately $54 million in 2006. There can be no assurance that any or all of these stations will ultimately be divested and the Company reserves the right to terminate the sales process at any time.

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About Providence Equity Partners

Providence Equity Partners Inc. is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, entertainment, communications and information companies around the world. The principals of Providence Equity manage funds with approximately $21 billion in equity commitments and have invested in more than 100 companies operating in over 20 countries since the firm's inception in 1990. Significant investments include Bresnan Broadband Holdings, Casema, Com Hem, Digiturk, Education Management Corporation, eircom, Freedom Communications, Idea Cellular, Kabel Deutschland, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Ono, Open Solutions, PanAmSat, ProSiebenSat.1, Recoletos, TDC, Univision, VoiceStream Wireless, Warner Music Group, Western Wireless and Yankees Entertainment Sports Network. Providence Equity is headquartered in Providence, RI (USA) and has offices in New York and London. The firm is opening offices in Hong Kong and New Delhi.

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