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Outdoor Channel Hooks Viewers With Fishing Shows

Outdoor enthusiast network strengthens its commitment to anglers

(Jul. 10, 2007 - TEMECULA, CA.) Outdoor Channel, America's leader in outdoor TV, announced today six key shows in its fishing lineup: Ultimate Match Fishing, Ultimate Match Fishing - College Edition, Western Sportfishing with Lee Horsley, Offshore Adventures, Outfitters Almanac and Ultimate Outdoors. All new programming is slated to kick off in 2007 and 2008. "Adding these programs to our lineup reflects Outdoor Channel's commitment to consistently provide quality, best-in-class content for our viewers," said Tom Hornish, Chief Operating Officer, Outdoor Channel. "Anglers are an important audience to us, and we want to make sure that their diverse interests are represented on the network." The six fishing shows offer a range of differing interests like fishing adventures out at sea, personal stories from world-traveling outfitters and guides, and exciting head-to-head angler competitions. Both [b]Ultimate Match Fishing[/b] and [b]Ultimate Fishing - College Edition[/b] are returning. Ultimate Match Fishing, a Telly Award-winning program, matches six of the top professional anglers from the BASS Elite Series field against six of the top anglers from the FLW Tour. In a groundbreaking departure from other tournament-style programming, this competition features pros like Luke Clausen and Boyd Duckett fishing head to head from the same boat. Ultimate Match Fishing - College Edition promises to excite a new generation of fans with its unique head-to-head format. Featuring the top collegiate anglers from 12 Division I universities, some of the schools competing include Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Penn State. [b]Western Sportfishing[/b], hosted by Lee Horsley, covers the exciting world of sportfishing like never before. Although Lee Horsley first gained national notoriety by playing the leading role on Matt Houston, he has been a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and advocate for fishing. Combining his on-screen abilities and personal passion for the outdoors, Lee travels up and down the coast of California and Oregon, teaming up with many local captains on his fishing adventures. In addition to the exciting footage from their sportfishing trips, Lee and his guests pass along plenty of information for viewers who would want to take their own fishing adventure out west. Part fishing show and part travelogue, [b]Offshore Adventures[/b] provides viewers with an exciting look at the worldwide sport of fishing. Chronicling the exciting lives of four courageous friends who left the comforts of life on land, hosts Chris and Melissa Fischer set out with their crew to explore life at sea. Traveling to saltwater destinations near and far, this crew embarks on many fishing adventures throughout the diverse marine world, discovering new species and cultural traditions with each exciting episode. [b]Outfitters Almanac[/b] is dedicated to the many outfitters and guides who work all over the country to provide countless outdoor adventures for their clients and take quite a few of their own as well. With a new outfitter telling their story each week, viewers can start to understand the passion that these professionals have for their jobs and the outfitters can share their favorite stories with viewers from all over the country. [b]Ultimate Outdoors[/b] is a show for the well-rounded outdoor enthusiast. Hosted by the multi-talented Wayne Pearson, Ultimate Outdoors uses a magazine format to include fishing, hunting and clips of general outdoor recreation in each episode. Wayne doesn't just limit the show to his own region. Instead, he travels all over the world to find new adventures and target new species. [b]About Outdoor Channel[/b] Outdoor Channel is America's leader in outdoor TV, offering programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, Western lifestyle, off-road motorsports, adventure and other outdoor lifestyles. The network can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic new broadband web site. Outdoor Channel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.