For immediate release
July 13, 1999
America Online and NPR Enter News Alliance
National Public Radio To Provide Comprehensive News & Cultural Programming to AOL's News Channel, the Number One Destination in Cyberspace for General News
Dulles, VA, and Washington, DC – Continuing its commitment to provide the best in daily and breaking news to its members, America Online, the world's leading interactive service, announced today a new alliance with National Public Radio® (NPR®), one of the leading news organizations in the world. Under this agreement, award-winning programming from NPR will be integrated into AOL's News Channel, the number one destination in cyberspace for general news according to the May 1999 Media Metrix WWW/Online Home/Work Report.
As a key programming partner in AOL's News Channel (Keyword: News), NPR (Keyword: NPR) will provide national and international news coverage and in-depth analysis. AOL's 17 million members will be able to hear same-day audio slideshows of stories from NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition® and All Things Considered® and their weekend counterparts, with features from signature NPR analysts and commentators Daniel Schorr, Cokie Roberts and David Sedaris. AOL members will also be able to submit their own commentaries.
"More and more people are turning to AOL's News Channel 24 hours a day to read the latest in daily and breaking news," said Jonathan Sacks, Senior Vice President of AOL Interactive Services. "Our alliance with National Public Radio brings one of the most trusted names in journalism to AOL News and keeps us at the forefront of the increasing trend in online news consumption by providing timely, comprehensive and interactive coverage."
"This agreement brings select NPR news and commentary to the AOL community," said Kevin Klose, President and Chief Executive Officer at NPR. "Now, top NPR stories and analysis can be explored online through this interactive environment."
The use of the online medium for news is on the rise. According to the America Online/Roper Starch Cyberstudy, half of online consumers say they go online between one and five times a week to get the news. Half also say they expect to get more of their news online two years from now.
About the companies:
NPR, a leader in online news audio at www.npr.org, is a membership organization of 608 public radio stations which produces and distributes award-winning programs such as Talk of the Nation®, Weekend Edition® and NPR's Performance Today®. Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 13 million Americans each week. 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.
Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia, is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates: two worldwide Internet services, America Online, with more than 17 million members, and CompuServe, with approximately 2 million members; several leading Internet brands including ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger and Digital City, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter and AOL.COM portals; the Netscape Navigator and Communicator browsers; and AOL MovieFone, the nation's # 1 movie listing guide and ticketing service. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, the Company develops and offers easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.