Emmis Announces Tender Offer; Exploring Strategic Alternatives for TV Assets

Emmis Announces Intention to Commence Dutch Auction Tender Offer

Emmis also Announces that It Will Explore Strategic Alternatives for the

Company’s Television Assets

INDIANAPOLIS, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Emmis Communications

Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) announced today that its Board of Directors has

approved a “Dutch Auction” tender offer to purchase up to 20,250,000 shares of

its Class A common stock at a price per share not less than $17.25 and not

greater than $19.75. The mid-point of this range represents approximately a

20% premium to the closing price per share of the Class A common stock of

$15.45 on the Nasdaq National Market on May 9, 2005.

Separately, Emmis announced that it has engaged The Blackstone Group as

its financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP as its

legal counsel to assist in evaluating strategic alternatives for the Company’s

television assets. This process could result in a decision to sell all or a

portion of its television assets. Banc of America Securities LLC, Deutsche

Bank Securities Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. are also advising the

Company with respect to its television business.

Jeffrey H. Smulyan, the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Emmis,

said, “Our decision to explore strategic alternatives for our television

assets comes from our ongoing dedication to lowering our debt and putting us

in a better position for growth, but also from the recognition that, in order

to reach their full potential, our television stations need to be aligned with

a company that is larger and more singularly focused on the challenges of

American television. Our television employees have proven themselves to be the

best operators in American television, and they deserve the opportunity to

continue the good work they’ve done in the last seven years.”

The number of shares of Class A common stock proposed to be purchased in

the Dutch Auction tender offer represents approximately 39% of the outstanding

shares of Class A common stock and approximately 36% of the outstanding shares

of Class A and Class B common stock. The tender offer is expected to commence

within 7 days.

The purchase will be financed from a combination of new borrowings under

Emmis’ existing credit facility and new financing. As a result, the tender

offer will be subject to the receipt of debt financing on terms and conditions

satisfactory to Emmis, in its reasonable judgment, in an amount sufficient to

purchase the Class A shares in the tender offer and to pay related fees and

expenses.

Smulyan, Emmis’ largest shareholder, has advised Emmis that he does not

intend to tender any shares beneficially owned by him.

Under the procedures for a Dutch Auction tender offer, Emmis’ shareholders

will have the opportunity to tender some or all of their Class A shares at a

price within the $17.25 to $19.75 range per share. Based on the number of

Class A shares tendered and the prices specified by the tendering

shareholders, Emmis will determine the lowest per-share price within the range

that will enable it to buy 20,250,000 Class A shares, or if a lesser number of

Class A shares are properly tendered, all Class A shares that are properly

tendered and not withdrawn. All Class A shares accepted in the tender offer

will be purchased at the same determined price per share regardless of whether

the shareholder tendered at a lower price. Shareholders whose Class A shares

are purchased in the offer will be paid the determined purchase price net in

cash, without interest, after the expiration of the offer period. The offer

is not contingent upon any minimum number of Class A shares being tendered.

The offer is subject, however, to a number of other terms and conditions that

will be described in the offer to purchase to be distributed to shareholders.

Neither Emmis nor its Board of Directors is making any recommendation to

shareholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their Class A

shares into the tender offer. Shareholders must decide how many Class A

shares they will tender, if any, and the price within the stated range at

which they will offer their Class A shares for purchase by Emmis.

In addition, Emmis announced today that its Board of Directors has

authorized a share repurchase program to be made effective after the

completion of the tender offer. The share repurchase program would permit

Emmis, to the extent that it does not purchase 20,250,000 Class A shares in

the tender offer, to purchase up to a number of Class A shares equal to the

shortfall plus an additional number of Class A shares equal to 5% of the total

outstanding shares after the tender offer. Whether or to what extent Emmis

chooses to make such purchases will depend upon market conditions and Emmis’

capital needs, and there is no assurance that Emmis will conclude such

purchases for any or all of the authorized amounts remaining. No such

purchases will be made by Emmis before or during the pendency of the tender

offer or for at least 10 business days following termination of the offer.

The dealer managers for the tender offer will be Banc of America

Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and the information agent

will be Georgeson Shareholder Communications, Inc. The depositary will be

Wachovia Bank, N.A. Emmis has also retained Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &

Garrison LLP to act as its legal counsel in the tender offer. When the tender

offer is commenced, the offer to purchase and related documents will be mailed

to holders of record of Class A shares and also will be made available for

distribution to beneficial owners of Class A shares. For questions and

information, please call the information agent toll free at (866) 399-8748.

Emmis will host a conference call to discuss the Dutch Auction tender offer

and the exploration of strategic alternatives for its television assets.

Emmis Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smulyan and Executive Vice

President/Chief Financial Officer Walter Berger will host the call.

To access this conference call, please dial 1.517.623.4891, or listen

online at https://www.emmis.com.

DATE/TIME Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Eastern 11 a.m.

Central 10 a.m.

Mountain 9 a.m.

Pacific 8 a.m.

CALL NAME/PASSCODE Emmis

Call LEADERS Jeff Smulyan and Walter Berger

CALL PLAYBACK A digital playback of the call will be available through

Tuesday, May 17, by dialing 1.203.369.3617.

Investors have the opportunity to listen to the conference call over the

Internet through the Emmis site, https://www.emmis.com. To listen to the live

call, please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to register,

download, and install any necessary audio software.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please

contact:Kate Snedeker, Media & Investor Relations, 317.684.6576,

kate@emmis.com

Emmis Communications – Great Media, Great People, Great Service (R)

Emmis Communications is an Indianapolis-based diversified media firm with

radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing

operations. Emmis owns 23 FM and 2 AM domestic radio stations serving the

nation’s largest markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as

Phoenix, St. Louis, Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN. In addition,

Emmis owns a radio network, international radio stations, 16 television

stations, regional and specialty magazines and ancillary businesses in

broadcast sales and book publishing.

The television assets of Emmis include the following 16 stations: WKCF-TV,

WB 18 in Orlando, FL; KOIN-TV, CBS 6 in Portland, OR; WVUE-TV, FOX 8 in New

Orleans; KRQE-TV, CBS 13 in Albuquerque, NM; WSAZ-TV, NBC 3 in

Huntington/Charleston, WV; WALA-TV FOX 10 and WBPG-TV WB 55 in Mobile,

AL/Pensacola, FL; KSNW-TV, NBC 3 in Wichita, KS; WLUK-TV, FOX 11 in Green Bay,

WI; KGUN-TV, ABC 9 in Tucson, AZ; KGMB-TV, CBS 9 and KHON-TV, FOX 2 in

Honolulu; KMTV-TV, CBS 3 in Omaha, NE; WFTX-TV, FOX 4 in Ft. Myers, FL; KSNT-

TV, NBC 27 in Topeka, KS; and WTHI-TV, CBS 10 in Terre Haute, IN.

THIS PRESS RELEASE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT

CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO BUY OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL SHARES OF

EMMIS CLASS A COMMON STOCK. EMMIS HAS NOT YET COMMENCED THE TENDER OFFER

DESCRIBED HEREIN. THE TENDER OFFER WILL BE MADE ONLY PURSUANT TO THE OFFER TO

PURCHASE AND RELATED MATERIALS THAT EMMIS WILL BE DISTRIBUTING TO ITS

SHAREHOLDERS. SHAREHOLDERS AND INVESTORS SHOULD READ CAREFULLY THE OFFER TO

PURCHASE AND RELATED MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL

CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SHAREHOLDERS AND INVESTORS MAY OBTAIN A FREE

COPY OF THE TENDER OFFER STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE TO, THE OFFER TO PURCHASE AND

OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT EMMIS WILL FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE

COMMISSION (WHEN AVAILABLE) AT THE COMMISSION’S WEB SITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV.

SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THESE MATERIALS PRIOR TO MAKING ANY

DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFER.

Certain statements included above which are not statements of historical

fact, including financial data for quarters or other periods that are not yet

completed and statements identified with the words “continues,” “expect,”

“will,” or “would,” are intended to be, and are, identified as “forward-

looking statements,” and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and

other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements

of Emmis to be materially different from any future result, performance or

achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such

factors include, among others, general economic and business conditions;

fluctuations in the demand for advertising; increased competition in the

broadcasting industry including the implementation of competing formats in

large markets; the attraction and retention of quality talent and other

programming; public and governmental reaction to Emmis programming decisions;

changes in the costs of programming; changes in interest rates; inability to

grow through suitable acquisitions, including the desired radio; inability or

delay in closing acquisitions or dispositions; terrorist attacks or other

large-scale disasters; wars and other events creating economic uncertainty;

and other factors mentioned in documents filed by Emmis with the Securities

and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, there can be no assurance that Emmis

will be able to reach a definitive agreement with potential buyers of its

television assets or that such transactions, if agreed, could be consummated

or on what terms. Emmis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update

or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future

events or otherwise.