|For immediate release
June 9, 2003
PBS Partners With NPR To Deliver Live Newscasts To PBS Stations
Alexandria, VA - PBS today announced a joint agreement with NPR to deliver live :30-:60 second video newsbreaks to PBS stations beginning September 2003. NPR News On PBS (working title) will provide up-to-the-minute news fed from NPR's Washington, DC headquarters to PBS stations at the top of every hour in primetime, seven nights per week. Host and other production requirements will be announced at a later date.
"Our audience tends to be news and information junkies. As a complement to PBS' in-depth news and public affairs programs, we wanted to create a valuable service for stations to bring consistent, reliable news to their viewers as it unfolds," said John Wilson, senior vice president of PBS Programming. "With worldwide resources delivering quality journalism, NPR is the perfect partner."
"NPR News On PBS is a logical fit," said Ken Stern, NPR's executive vice president. "Viewers and listeners are going to benefit as PBS and NPR stations add another level of service to their communities."
PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 349 public television stations. Serving nearly 90 million people each week, PBS enriches the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services on noncommercial television, the Internet and other media. More information about PBS is available at http://www.pbs.org, the leading dot-org Web site on the Internet.
NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 21 million Americans each week via more than 730 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, npr.org offers hourly newscasts, special features and seven years of archived audio and information.