October 31, 2008
ABC Radio Networks and Comcast Entertainment Group Announce Product Development and Distribution Agreement for E! Entertainment, The Style Network and G4
DALLAS, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ABC Radio Networks and Comcast Entertainment Group announced today the companies have signed a product development and distribution agreement that will bring the popular branded content from E! Entertainment, The Style Network and G4 to terrestrial radio audiences for the first time. Program offerings will include celebrity and entertainment news from E!, women's lifestyle programming from Style and the latest on technology, web culture and video games from G4. All content will be available to stations on-air and online.
"This agreement is another vital step in our commitment to delivering compelling content for the 18-49 demographic to our affiliates and will provide stations with an array of broadcast and online entertainment features and tools," said Carl Anderson, Senior Vice President of Programming and Distribution for ABC Radio Networks. "E!, Style and G4 are highly recognized brands among young consumers and based on their name recognition alone, we expect there will be strong interest for the radio content we'll be jointly developing with the team at Comcast Entertainment Group."
"We are excited to work with ABC Radio Networks to bring our brands to terrestrial radio," said John Najarian, Executive Vice President of Digital Media and Business Development for Comcast Entertainment Group. "Their team has a proven track record of successfully syndicating content and we look forward to offering our fans a new way to connect with and enjoy E!, Style and G4 programming."
E! is widely regarded as the top television destination for entertainment news and information and E! Online is the leading source for up-to-the-minute celebrity scoop on the web. Tapping into the resources and dynamic on-air talent from the network and website, E! will offer stations a compelling array of radio-formatted news and information content in addition to proven broadband video content for stations' websites. With original shows created for radio and digital platforms such as E! News Now, the programming will provide instant credibility with a station's listeners, many of whom are likely already devoted E! enthusiasts.
Style's original offerings will appeal to women with inspiring and relatable lifestyle content, including Style Tips, which will cover topics like beauty, fashion, home and wedding planning. G4's original programming will offer content for today's "plugged in" young guys seeking the latest computer, gadget and technology news in addition to video game previews, reviews and cheats.
The radio programming developed from the partnership is expected to draw advertisers seeking the highly desirable segment of consumers that make up the E!, Style and G4 audiences.
About ABC Radio Networks
ABC Radio Networks has 4,400 affiliate radio stations reaching more than 105 million listeners in the 12+ demographic each week. Programs and services include ABC News Radio, Paul Harvey News and Comment, The Sean Hannity Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Big Boy's Neighborhood, The Ride with Doug and DeDe, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, Imus in the Morning, MoneyTalk with Bob Brinker, The Mark Levin Show, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, The Michael Baisden Show and Dick Bartley's American Gold and Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits. Other ABC services include advanced digital media platforms with online interactive advertising, streaming audio and podcasts, ABC Sports Radio, syndicated music and talk programs including Flashback, format-specific ePREP, production libraries, nine 24-Hour Formats, including Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel and ESPN Radio. ABC Radio Networks en Espanol includes leading Spanish-language programming such as Conexion Thalia, Tu Vida Es Mi Vida con Maria Marin, Celebrating the Healthy Life with Maria Celeste, and ESPN Deportes Radio. For more information please visit http://www.abcradionetworks.com/.
About Comcast Entertainment Group
Based in Los Angeles, Comcast Entertainment Group operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment, and E! Online; The Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable and inspiring lifestyle programming; and G4 offering the last word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity, and "Internet culture" for the male 18-34 demo. E! is currently available to nearly 94 million cable and direct broadcast satellite subscribers in the United States. In 2006, E! launched the E! Everywhere initiative underscoring the company's dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online to broadband video to wireless to satellite radio to VOD. The Style Network currently counts 59 million cable and satellite subscribers and G4, the #1 podcasted cable network in America, is available in more than 64 million cable and satellite homes nationwide.
ABC Radio Networks; Comcast Entertainment Group
CONTACT: Louis Adams of ABC Radio Networks, +1-972-448-3150; or AmeliaStewart of Comcast Entertainment Group, +1-323-692-4732
Web site: http://www.abcradionetworks.com/