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December 20, 2007 08:00 ET

YouTube Teams With WMUR-TV and WCVB-TV to Offer a Voters-Eye-View of the New Hampshire Primaries

Citizen-Generated Videos on YouTube Establish a New Precedent for Primary Coverage

SAN BRUNO, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, and WMUR-TV and WCVB-TV, Hearst-Argyle Television's award-winning ABC affiliates in, respectively, Manchester, NH, and Boston, MA, have partnered to showcase -- through the power of online video -- what is expected to be the most exciting New Hampshire primary in decades.

New Hampshire voters and out-of-state political pundits alike can upload videos about the primaries to YouTube, allowing Americans everywhere to gain insight into the vibrant political scene in the Granite State. The YouTube New Hampshire primary videos will reside on WMUR-TV and WCVB-TV's YouTube Channels (http://youtube.com/wmurtv and http://www.youtube.com/wcvbtv) and on their websites http://wmur.com and http://thebostonchannel.com. The videos will span a variety of perspectives -- from predictions and personal reflections, to interviews and candidate analysis.

Voters from all over the country can watch and rank the videos and the best ones will be used in WMUR's television coverage of the primary.

"YouTube's open platform, as seen through our You Choose '08 initiative and recent debates, enables Americans to delve into politics from the perspective of the voters who are in the midst of the action," said Chad Hurley, CEO and co-founder of YouTube. "In conjunction with our partner Hearst-Argyle, a national leader in television broadcasting and online content, we are taking the next step in broadening the scope of voter participation and empowerment."

"With this partnership, voters will be able to participate in our primary election coverage in a fresh and innovative way," said WMUR General Manager Jeff Bartlett. "YouTube helps harness the power of citizen-created content surrounding the primary not just here in New Hampshire, but on a national level as well."

In addition, YouTube enables people to respond to and interact with New Hampshire primary videos at their own convenience. As the political landscape in New Hampshire intensifies, YouTube users, WMUR-TV and WCVB-TV viewers and those interested in being a part of a critical moment in the 2008 election can follow along and participate every step along the way.

About YouTube

YouTube is the world's largest online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

About Hearst-Argyle

Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. owns 26 television stations, and manages an additional three television and two radio stations, in geographically diverse U.S. markets. The Company's television stations reach approximately 18% of U.S. TV households, making it one of America's largest television station groups. Hearst-Argyle owns 12 ABC-affiliated stations, and manages an additional ABC station owned by Hearst Corporation, and is the largest ABC affiliate group. The Company also owns 10 NBC affiliates, and is the second-largest NBC affiliate owner, and owns two CBS affiliates. Hearst-Argyle also is a leader in the convergence of local broadcast television and the Internet through its partnership with Internet Broadcasting, and in the application of digital broadcast spectrum for new local informational services through its Weather Plus partnership with NBC and various NBC affiliate groups. Hearst-Argyle Series A Common Stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HTV." The Company's Web address is www.hearstargyle.com.