AFTRA and Television Networks and
Producers Reach Tentative Agreement

New York, NY, October 30, 2004 - The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ("AFTRA") and the television networks and other major producers have reached a tentative agreement on a successor agreement to the 2001 Network Television Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting ("the Network Code").  This major AFTRA contract covers performers on daytime serials, sports, game and talk shows, syndicated programs, and other AFTRA TV shows, with the exception of prime time dramatic programs, for which the terms will be negotiated jointly with the Screen Actors Guild this winter.

If ratified, the new three-year pact will become effective on November 16, 2004, when the current contract expires, and will remain in full force until midnight on November 15, 2007.  AFTRA and industry negotiators reached agreement at 11:50 pm on Friday, October 29 after three weeks of bargaining in New York.

Consistent with deals achieved by other Industry unions, the proposed contract includes significant increases in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Plans.  Specific details of the agreement remain confidential.
The tentative agreement will be submitted to AFTRA's National Board on November 20, 2004, and is also subject to ratification by the AFTRA membership.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists  -- affiliated with the       AFL-CIO -- is a diverse union representing nearly 80,000 professional broadcasters and performers nationwide working in news and entertainment programming on television and radio as well as in the sound recording industry, commercials and industrial work, and newer technologies such as interactive games, Internet production and CD ROMs.

Contact:  Rebecca Rhine
                 (415) 713-8301


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