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WUSA's 'Defense News' to air on American Forces Network

Washington CBS affiliate WUSA's Sunday program "This Week in Defense News With Vago Muradian" will be available on the military-centric American Forces Network -- a radio and television network that serves military bases and U.S. Navy ships around the globe.

The deal for the additional distribution starts on Aug. 2. American Forces Network reaches about 1 million viewers.

The half hour talk show "This Week in Defense News" focuses on national defense and military issues. It was added to WUSA's Sunday lineup in March of 2008 and is co-produced by WUSA and Defense News -- a weekly publication put out by Army Times Publishing Company. Both WUSA and Defense News are owned by Gannett Co.

WUSA president Allan Horlick noted the new potential audience is made up of viewers "who care so deeply about the subject."

Since the beginning of the year, "This Week in Defense News" has been averaging about 18,300 viewers in the Washington market.

Lately, WUSA has been working to corner the market in niche-specific shows; "Platts Energy Week," centering on the energy industry and its experts, premiered this past March. Another show, about the biotech industry, is in development.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  Local TV  
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