SOURCE: Fisher Communications, Inc.

November 12, 2008 12:00 ET

Fisher Communications, Inc. Hires Christopher J. Bellavia as Vice President, Senior Attorney and Corporate Secretary

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCI) announced today that Christopher J. Bellavia has joined the company as Vice President, Senior Attorney and Corporate Secretary. He is responsible for legal, corporate compliance and governance issues for the Company, and he reports to Fisher President and Chief Executive Officer Colleen B. Brown.

"Fisher is a great fit for my background," said Chris Bellavia. "It offers me a unique opportunity to use my legal and business experience in a company committed to the customers and communities it serves, and to delivering solid, long-term value to its shareholders."

"We consider ourselves fortunate to add such a talented, multi-faceted business attorney to our senior management team," said Colleen B. Brown, Fisher's president and chief executive officer. "Chris is a great addition and brings a solid background in corporate governance, legal compliance, and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. His proven leadership and solid legal and business expertise will be important factors in achieving our strategic business objectives."

Before joining Fisher, Mr. Bellavia worked for Washington Mutual, Inc. where he handled extensive corporate governance issues and general corporate, securities and transactional matters. Prior to that, he practiced law in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he represented technology companies and handled corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.

Mr. Bellavia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School.

About Fisher Communications

Fisher Communications, Inc. is a Seattle-based communications company that owns and operates 13 full power television stations (including a 50%-owned television station), 7 low power television stations and 8 radio stations in the Western United States. The Company owns and operates Fisher Pathways, a satellite and fiber transmission provider; Fisher Plaza, a media, telecommunications, and data center facility located near downtown Seattle; and Pegasus News, an online start-up and hyper-local media pioneer based in Dallas. For more information about Fisher Communications, Inc., go to

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