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For immediate release
April 17, 2000
Siriol Evans, NPR
202-414-2300
sevans@npr.org

World Radio Network from NPR Brings China Radio International to America

Washington, DC - Beginning today, American radio listeners can hear news in English from China Radio International (CRI) without short wave, on World Radio NetworksSM from NPR®. The seven-night-a-week service will feature daily news headlines, political commentary and sports from CRI. World Radio Network from NPR is public radio's premiere overnight news service that brings daily, English-language news and features from 21 international broadcasters to listeners across the United States.

World Radio Network from NPR is a unique partnership between WRN and NPR that was launched in September 1998. WRN from NPR programming is heard in many markets across the U.S., including New York, Washington, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon.

"China Radio International is an important addition to the line-up of international programming on World Radio Network," says NPR President and CEO Kevin Klose. "NPR is delighted to offer American listeners news and information direct from international public broadcasters, with each country's unique perspective, via World Radio Network."

World Radio Network from NPR's programming includes live, hourly NPR newscasts as well as programs from 2000 News Athens, ABC Radio Australia, CANA Radio, Channel Africa, Copenhagen Calling, Deutsche Welle, Israel Radio, London Radio Service, Quantum Radio, Radio Budapest, Radio Canada International, Radio France Internationale, Radio Netherlands, Radio New Zealand International, Radio Polonia, Radio Prague, Radio Sweden, Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal, RTE Ireland, SABC Network Africa, Swiss Radio International and Voice of Russia.

"A central goal of World Radio Network from NPR is to present the widest possible breadth of perspective on the news each day by providing programming from many of the world's public service broadcasters," said Karl Miosga, WRN's Managing Director. "I'm confident that CRI contributions to our service will go far in broadening listeners' understanding of Asian culture and politics."

CRI, at www.cri.com.cn draws from its 29 news bureaus around the world to provide in-depth reports of the major headlines across China, daily coverage of events in Hong Kong and Macao, and a Chinese perspective on international events shaping the world. Like WRN's other contributors, CRI will provide public radio listeners with a unique insight into indigenous daily life, history and the future. The daily rundown for CRI's program includes the day's news headlines, followed by 30 minutes of political, business and current affairs commentary. The CRI broadcasts will have regular reviews of the Chinese press as well as wide-ranging coverage of sports, the environment, tourism and technological developments in the region.

In addition to the overnight service on NPR, CRI will go out on WRN's North America 24-hour-a-day radio service available via satellite, cable, Internet, and local AM and FM rebroadcasts across the country.

World Radio Network at www.wrn.org has been on the air since 1993. It runs a 24 hour-a-day English language radio service, WRN1, with programs from more than 20 of the world's leading international, non-commercial radio stations. WRN1 is available across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North America. World Radio Network's previous German-language service, WRN3, had been on air since August 1997 and reached listeners across German-speaking Europe. These broadcast services are available for direct-to-home reception via satellite, and on cable services worldwide. An increasing number of local and national FM and AM broadcasters also rebroadcast WRN1. WRN1 is carried overnight nationwide in South Africa, Namibia and Canada on the public service broadcasters in those countries. It is also available 24 hours-a-day via DAB Digital Radio in Warsaw and later this year it will be available in Lyon, France, as part of the French DAB transmission roll-out.

World Radio Network was the first UK broadcaster to make its services available on Internet audio. Today it provides a live relay - using RealAudio and Microsoft's Media Player - of both the English-language and the German-language services. In addition it offers an audio-on-demand service including programs in more than a dozen languages.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 14.6 million Americans each week via 625 public radio stations. NPR Online is available at www.npr.org. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.