GM, Hughes and News Corp. Receive FCC, DOJ Clearances for Hughes

  NEW YORK, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM, GMH),
its subsidiary Hughes Electronics, and The News Corporation Ltd.
(NYSE: NWS, NWS.A) announced today that they have received regulatory
clearances from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S.
Department of Justice, which enable the split-off of Hughes from GM and the
acquisition by News Corporation of 34 percent of the outstanding common stock
of Hughes.  The transactions are expected to be completed in the next several
business days. 
GM will split off its subsidiary Hughes by distributing Hughes common
stock to the holders of GM Class H common stock in exchange for shares that
they own.  In addition, GM will sell its 19.8 percent economic interest in
Hughes to News Corporation.  News Corporation will then acquire from the
former GM Class H common stockholders an additional 14.2 percent of the
outstanding shares of Hughes common stock in exchange for News Corporation
Preferred American Depositary Shares (NYSE: NWS.A).  The Hughes common stock
will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HS.  The
interest in Hughes acquired by News Corp. will be transferred to Fox
Entertainment Group (NYSE: FOX). 
News Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch will become
chairman of Hughes, while News Corporation's former co-chief operating
officer, Chase Carey, will become president and chief executive officer of
Hughes.  Hughes' Corporate Senior Executive Vice President Eddy Hartenstein
will become vice chairman of Hughes.  Mitchell Stern, the former chairman and
chief executive officer of Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television,
will become president and chief executive officer of DIRECTV. 
"We're delighted to have received clearances from the FCC and DOJ and we
intend to close this transaction with GM in the next few days," Murdoch and
Carey said.  "Combining Hughes' exceptional knowledge and history of satellite
innovation with News Corporation's and Fox's creative talents and record of
success in satellite television will result in a company with unmatched
entertainment and technological offerings.  DIRECTV is already a leader in
satellite television; we want to make it such a compelling service for viewers
that it becomes the logical first choice of all consumers looking for
America's best pay TV.  And the conditions, as we understand them from the
public notice, will not adversely affect our future plans for the operation of
the business." 
"General Motors is pleased to now move forward to complete these
transactions," GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner said.
"Through its affiliation with News Corporation, one of the world's leading
media and entertainment companies, Hughes expects to strengthen its position
in the digital television market and develop new services and technologies to
expand its business.  For GM, these transactions provide about $4.2 billion in
cash and stock to improve GM's overall liquidity and further strengthen its
balance sheet." 
At the close of business on December 18, 2003, there were 1,109,270,842
shares of GM Class H common stock outstanding, and the denominator of the GM
Class H fraction under GM's restated certificate of incorporation, determined
as of such date, was 1,383,590,449. 
General Motors, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds
and markets cars and trucks worldwide and has been the global automotive sales
leader since 1931.  GM employs about 340,000 people around the world. 
Hughes is a world-leading provider of digital television entertainment,
broadband satellite networks and services, and global video and data
News Corporation is a diversified international media and entertainment
company with operations in eight industry segments: filmed entertainment;
television; cable network programming; direct broadcast satellite television;
magazines and inserts; newspapers; book publishing; and other.  The activities
of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States,
Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Basin. 
In connection with the proposed transactions, on August 21, 2003, General
Motors Corporation ("GM"), Hughes Electronics Corporation ("Hughes") and The
News Corporation Limited ("News Corporation") filed definitive materials with
the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including a Definitive Consent
Solicitation Statement of GM on Schedule 14A, a Registration Statement of
Hughes on Form S-4 and a Registration Statement of News Corporation on Form F-4 that contain a consent solicitation statement of GM, a prospectus of Hughes
and a prospectus of News Corporation.  Investors and security holders are
urged to read these materials, as well as any other relevant documents filed
or that will be filed with the SEC, as they become available, because these
documents contain or will contain important information.  These materials and
other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents
filed by GM, Hughes or News Corporation with the SEC, may be obtained for free
at the SEC's website, .  In addition, the definitive materials
contain information about how to obtain transaction-related documents for free
from GM.  News Corporation stockholders may obtain these documents free of
charge by directing such request to:  News America Incorporated, 1211 Avenue
of the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10036, attention:  Investor
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of
securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would
be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws
of any such jurisdiction.  No offering of securities shall be made except by
means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities
Act of 1933, as amended. 
Materials included in this document contain "forward-looking statements"
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors that could cause actual results to be materially different
from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements.  The factors that could cause actual results
of GM, Hughes and/or News Corporation to differ materially, many of which are
beyond the control of GM, Hughes or News Corporation include, but are not
limited to, the following: (1) the effects of legislative and regulatory
changes and (2) other risks described from time to time in periodic reports
filed by GM, Hughes or News Corporation with the SEC.  Those other risks
relating to Hughes include, but are not limited to the performance of Hughes
satellites.  You are urged to consider statements that include the words
"will," "expects," or the negative of those words or other comparable words to
be uncertain and forward-looking.  This cautionary statement applies to all
forward-looking statements included in this document.

SOURCE  General Motors Corporation 
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/CONTACT:  Jerry Dubrowski of General Motors, +1-212-418-6261, Mobile:
+1-917-544-4885; Bob Marsocci of Hughes Electronics, +1-310-726-4656; or
Nicholas Weinstock of News Corporation Ltd., +1-212-852-7157/ 

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CO:  General Motors Corporation; Hughes Electronics; News Corporation Ltd.; 
 Fox Entertainment Group
ST:  Michigan, New York
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