|For immediate release
July 25, 2002
NPR: Jenny Lawhorn,
WorldSpace: Nicole Johnston
NPR Now Portable in Europe, Africa and the Mideast on WorldSpace
WASHINGTON D.C. -- For the first time, native residents, international travelers, expatriate populations and military personnel stationed abroad can hear NPR programming 24 hours a day via international satellite broadcaster WorldSpace. Listeners with portable, digital WorldSpace radios can access the same popular NPR programs heard throughout the U.S., including Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards, All Things Considered®, Fresh Air®, Car Talk®, Talk of the Nation®, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me® and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.
The NPR service on WorldSpace is the latest historic example of American news media teaming up with satellite technology-a partnership begun 40 years ago when Walter Cronkite first broadcast American news to international audiences. NPR on WorldSpace brings the same NPR programming heard domestically to a vast potential audience worldwide, allowing listeners in Europe, Africa, Western Asia and the Middle East to hear firsthand what's happening inside the U.S. and how international news is reported by NPR. WorldSpace estimates its potential audience at 4 billion people.
Early users to NPR on WorldSpace include NPR News foreign correspondents Rob Gifford and Michael Sullivan, whose assignments often take them to remote corners of the world where access to information-in English or otherwise-is limited or nonexistent. Gifford, who reports from South Asia, and Sullivan, who is based in New Delhi, use the radios in the field to keep informed and to aid the reporting they do for NPR. "The WorldSpace radio is an invaluable addition to my tool kit," says Sullivan. "With it, I get the most up-to-the-minute news, direct from NPR and other broadcasters. WorldSpace helps keep me connected, whether I'm in New Delhi or Kabul or Karachi."
Listeners can learn more about NPR on WorldSpace at www.npr.org/worldwide or at www.worldspace.com, which includes a footprint of the WorldSpace service area. In addition to its channel on WorldSpace, NPR Worldwide transmits award-winning programs to audiences around the world on over 140 radio stations, in more than 25 million homes via direct broadcast satellite and in 7 million homes via cable.
NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online 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. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.
WorldSpace, a media company, broadcasts satellite audio, data, and multimedia content to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Founded in 1990, WorldSpace conceived of and built the first ever satellite radio infrastructure in the world. Today, the WorldSpace satellite network consists of two geostationary satellites: AfriStar™ and AsiaStar™, providing a combined coverage area including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Each satellite broadcasts three beams with each beam capable of delivering more than 40 crystal clear audio, data, and multimedia channels directly to portable receivers and personal computer adapters. For more information, visit the WorldSpace website at www.worldspace.com.