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Byron Marchant, Shaun Sheehan Elected Media Institute Trustees

FOR RELEASE: June 8, 2000

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, June 8 - Byron Marchant of BET Holdings, Inc. and Shaun Sheehan of Tribune Co. have been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute, it was announced today by Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

Marchant is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of BET Holdings, Inc., one of the only black-owned and operated media-entertainment companies in the United States. Marchant oversees the legal affairs of BET Holdings and its subsidiaries, including cable networks, magazine and book publishing businesses, two music-themed restaurants, and a film development division. He also oversees BET partnerships including the new Internet portal, hotels and casinos, nightclubs, lottery systems, and clothing lines. As CAO, Marchant is responsible for BET's human resources. computer information systems, and corporate administration departments. Earlier in his career Marchant served as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Andrew Barrett. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the U.S. Naval Academy, and serves as a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Sheehan is vice president / Washington for Tribune Co., a post he assumed in 1992. His responsibilities encompass government relations, media relations as it pertains to federal policy, and liaison with broadcast and newspaper industry associations and other allied organizations. He was first hired by Tribune Broadcasting Co. in 1986 in a similar capacity. Previously, he spent eight years as head of the public affairs and communications department of the National Association of Broadcasters. From 1974 to 1978, Sheehan was vice president and group supervisor for the Washington office of Daniel J. Edelman, Inc., an international public relations firm. Sheehan has been involved in public relations activities for a number of national professional and civic organizations. He was communications advisor for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which he helped dedicate and which named him Man of the Year in 1984.

"Byron Marchant and Shaun Sheehan will be great assets to the Board, given the breadth of their experience in media and communications," said Maines. The Institute's 15-member Board of Trustees includes members from the broadcasting, cable, print, online, and advertising industries, as well as communications attorneys and academicians.