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For immediate release
Feb. 7, 2005
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NPR now distributing the live evening news program On Point based at WBUR in Boston

WASHINGTON - NPR began distributing On Point, public radio's live evening news program, on February 1st. The two-hour program broadcasts in Boston, 7:00 - 9:00 PM EST, and also airs on 43 NPR Member stations across the country.

Based at WBUR's studios in Boston, the show launched on September 17, 2001 as Special Coverage in response to the 9/11 attacks and was renamed On Point on February 4, 2002.

Hosted by Award winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point puts daily news and developments into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate including listener call-ins. Topics range from the biggest news stories of the day to a discussion of important world issues.

Ashbrook, a former Boston Globe foreign correspondent and editor, was awarded the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In addition, frequent contributor Jack Beatty, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly, provides insightful news analysis.

Margaret Low Smith, NPR vice president for programming, says "On Point is a terrific show that consistently reflects the news of the day in imaginative ways." She adds, "Tom is an energetic, smart and engaging host."

"As we approach the show's 3rd anniversary, it is clear that Tom Ashbrook's considerable hosting abilities combined with a well-produced and topical format have succeeded in attracting and maintaining an impressive number of loyal listeners," said Peter Fiedler, acting general manager of The WBUR Group. He adds, "We are delighted that NPR chose to distribute On Point as part of its outstanding programming line-up."

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