Filed by General Motors Corporation Subject Company - General Motors Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation and EchoStar Communications Corporation Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Deemed Filed Pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Commission File No.: 333-84472 [ECHOSTAR LOGO] [HUGHES LOGO] 5701 South Santa Fe Drive P.O. Box 956 Littleton, CO 80120 200 N. Sepulveda Blvd El Segundo, CA 90245-0956 APRIL 6, 2002 * MEDIA ADVISORY * ECHOSTAR AND DIRECTV PRESENT: LOCAL CHANNELS AND AFFORDABLE BROADBAND EVERYWHERE IN MISSOURI JEFFERSON CITY, MO - On Tuesday, April 9, at noon, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) will sponsor a program showcasing satellite-delivered digital television and high-speed Internet access. Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Kistler, interim president of AIM, will host the demonstration, which will explain how the PROPOSED MERGER between EchoStar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronics' DIRECTV will make LOCAL TV CHANNELS available to EVERY RESIDENT in Missouri. Officials of EchoStar Communications and Hughes Electronics will speak at the event. Brian Olson, executive producer for EchoStar Communications, and George H. Jamison, corporate vice president of Hughes Electronics, will comment on the proposed merger and its role in eliminating the "digital divide" between urban and rural Missouri. Attendees will be able to surf the Internet, delivered via satellite, following the demonstration. ================================================================================ THE DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD AT THE MISSOURI STATE CAPITOL IN HOUSE HEARING ROOM 7 BEGINNING AT NOON ON TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2002. ================================================================================ PRESS INVITED TO ATTEND. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. PLEASE CONTACT MARJORIE BEENDERS OR STEVE KAPPLER AT THE BEENDERS MARKETING GROUP (573-636-8282) FOR MORE INFORMATION. - OVER, PLEASE - ECHOSTAR & DIRECTV - FIRST ADD ------------------------------ DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art direct broadcast satellite TV system that is capable of offering over 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, as well as advanced satellite TV receiver hardware and installation. EchoStar is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX). DISH Network currently serves over 7 million customers. For more information, contact 1-800/333-DISH (3474) or visit www.dishnetwork.com. DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital satellite television service provider with more than 10.7 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. HUGHES is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment, broadband services, satellite-based private business networks, and global video and data broadcasting. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH). Visit DIRECTV on the World Wide Web at www.DIRECTV.com. In connection with the proposed transactions, General Motors Corporation ("GM"), Hughes Electronics Corporation ("Hughes") and EchoStar Communications Corporation ("EchoStar") intend to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including one or more Registration Statement(s) on Form S-4 that contain a prospectus and proxy/consent solicitation statement. Because those documents will contain important information, holders of GM $1-2/3 and GM Class H common stock are urged to read them, if and when they become available. When filed with the SEC, they will be available for free at the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and GM stockholders will receive information at an appropriate time on how to obtain transaction-related documents for free from GM. Such documents are not currently available. GM and its directors and executive officers, Hughes and certain of its officers, and EchoStar and certain of its executive officers may be deemed to be participants in GM's solicitation of proxies or consents from the holders of GM $1-2/3 common stock and GM Class H common stock in connection with the proposed transactions. Information regarding the participants and their interests in the solicitation was filed pursuant to Rule 425 with the SEC by EchoStar on November 1, 2001 and by each of GM and Hughes on November 16, 2001. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of the participants by reading the prospectus and proxy/consent solicitation statement if and when it becomes available. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, 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 our 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, EchoStar, Hughes, or a combined EchoStar and Hughes to differ materially, many of which are beyond the control of EchoStar, Hughes or GM include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the businesses of EchoStar and Hughes may not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2) expected benefits and synergies from the combination may not be realized within the expected time frame or at all; (3) revenues following the transaction may be lower than expected; (4) operating costs, customer loss and business disruption including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers, may be greater than expected following the transaction; (5) generating the incremental growth in the subscriber base of the combined company may be more costly or difficult than expected; (6) the regulatory approvals required for the transaction may not be obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (7) the effects of legislative and regulatory changes; (8) an inability to obtain certain retransmission consents; (9) an inability to retain necessary authorizations from the FCC; (10) an increase in competition from cable as a result of digital cable or otherwise, direct broadcast satellite, other satellite system operators, and other providers of subscription television services; (11) the introduction of new technologies and competitors into the subscription television business; (12) changes in labor, programming, equipment and capital costs; (13) future acquisitions, strategic partnership and divestitures; (14) general business and economic conditions; and (15) other risks described from time to time in periodic reports filed by EchoStar, Hughes or GM with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," 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.