Dec. 12, 1996

CONTACT: David Frail, 212-395-0500



NEW YORK, N.Y., December 12, 1996 -- Richard W.

Blackburn, president and group executive of NYNEX's

worldwide communications and media group, announced today he

has decided to leave the corporation to pursue other

business interests.

Blackburn, who has been with NYNEX for 15 years,

directs the corporation's interests in long distance, video,

cellular and PCS services, directory publishing and select

international projects, including FLAG (Fiberoptic Link

Around the Globe), the world's longest undersea fiber optic


"Dick Blackburn was instrumental in the creation of

some of NYNEX's most exciting ventures," said Ivan

Seidenberg, NYNEX chairman and chief executive officer.

"Projects like NYNEX CableComms, FLAG and PrimeCo Personal

Communications will deliver value for years to come because

Dick helped us put them on the proper foundation. He has

brought focus, discipline and accountability to everything

he's done, and those around him have performed at a higher

level as a result. I have the utmost respect for him. We

all will surely miss him, and we know that he will continue

to contribute to our industry in whatever he chooses to


Blackburn said, "I'm proud to have been part of

making NYNEX a global player. The communications industry

is going through powerful changes, including our merger with

Bell Atlantic, which are creating many opportunities. I've

looked at those inside the new corporation and decided that

this is the right time to explore those outside."

Blackburn will stay on at NYNEX through the close

of the Bell Atlantic-NYNEX merger, which is expected to take

place in the first quarter of 1997.

Blackburn was elected vice president and general

counsel of New England Telephone in 1981, moving to NYNEX in

1991 to hold senior positions in its Worldwide Services

group. He assumed his current position on January 1,


Blackburn is chairman of NYNEX CableComms PLC and

is a director on the boards of TELE-TV, Bell Atlantic NYNEX

Mobile and PrimeCo Personal Communications. He is a member

of the American Bar Association, and a trustee of the New

England Legal Foundation, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Infirmary and the American Museum of the Moving Image.

NYNEX is a global communications and media

corporation that provides a full range of services in the

northeastern United States and high-growth markets around

the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand,

Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,

Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader

in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory

publishing and video entertainment and information


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