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For immediate release
May 2, 2001
Jessamyn Sarmiento,
202-513-2307
jsarmiento@npr.org



New Digital Satellite Channel Adds to NPR's Strong Global Presence


NPR Worldwide Now Reaches Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia, North Africa and Central Asia



Washington, DC - NPR Worldwidesm, which transmits signature NPR® programs to overseas audiences via 140 radio stations, cable and satellite, has further extended its global reach with a new, 24-hour-a-day, digital stereo service. The channel, part of the Eutelsat Hotbird Satellite, delivers award-winning NPR programs including Morning Editionreg; with Bob Edwards, All Things Consideredreg;, Talk of the Nationreg;, and Car Talkreg; live, directly to 25 million, homes blanketing countries in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, North Africa and central Asia.

NPR President and CEO Kevin Klose noted the significance of the new service for previously unserved areas. "We are especially pleased that our programs are now available in developing democracies in Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and central Asia," said Klose. "Our programs provide unique insights into the functions of a democracy, which are unavailable from any other broadcast source."

Because of NPR's continuing expansion onto international radio, cable and satellite networks and availability through shortwave, listeners can now find NPR almost anywhere on the globe -- from Iceland to Antarctica and in cities including Brussels, Berlin, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, Madrid, Munich, Seoul, Stockholm and Tokyo.

Current listeners who have ASTRA analog dishes and receivers will need to upgrade their equipment to be able to receive the new Hotbird channel. Listeners should check with local satellite dealers for details or visit www.npr.org/worldwide or call 202-513-3232 for advice. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, NPR is available six hours a day in SKY Digital via NPR's London partners, the World radio Network (WRN). WRN can be heard on SKY Digital EPG Channel 937.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 16.3 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR Onlinesm at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements.