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Ulster T.V. PLC (UTV)

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Monday 27 September, 1999

Ulster T.V. PLC


27 September 1999

                Managerial Succession at Ulster Television plc                

The Board of Ulster Television announces today that the Company's Managing
Director, Desmond Smyth, has decided to retire and that he will be succeeded
with effect from October 1 by his colleague, John McCann, Director and General
Manager.  Desmond will remain with the Company as a Director until the end of
the year to ensure a smooth handover.

Desmond Smyth joined UTV in 1975 as Financial Controller, adding the role of
Company Secretary the following year before being appointed Managing Director
in 1983.  He said today 'After 24 years in senior managerial roles with the
Company I feel the time is right for a change.  I have greatly enjoyed the
challenge of working for UTV over the 24 years and I am grateful to all the
staff who have contributed so much to the company's success.  It has been a
particular pleasure to work closely with John McCann for the past 16 years and
I am delighted that he has been appointed my successor, thus securing the key
fundamentals of continuity and stability, which are so critical to maintaining
the Company's success'.

John McCann has been Director and General Manager of UTV since 1989, having
joined the Company as Financial Controller and Company Secretary in 1983.  He
commented today:  'I have been privileged to work with Desmond Smyth as he
steered UTV so successfully through the increasingly competitive broadcasting
environment.  He leaves the Company in great shape with a committed workforce
and an experienced management team who are ready to meet the challenges, and
to take advantage of the opportunities which the digital revolution will
present in the new millennium'.

For further information:

Desmond Smyth       Ulster Television plc    Tel Today:     0171 329 0096
                                             Tel Tomorrow:  01232 262203

John McCann         Ulster Television plc    Tel Today:     0171 329 0096
                                             Tel Tomorrow:  01232 262204

Bobby Leach         Shandwick                Tel:           0171 329 0096