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PBS WEB SITES WIN TOP PRIZES IN 8th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS COMPETITION



Alexandria, VA., May 12, 2004 - For the fourth time, pbs.org has earned a Webby Award as the best TV site on the Web. With this win, pbs.org has won more TV category Webby prizes than any other broadcast or cable network. In addition, the PBS Web site P.O.V.: Borders won a Webby in the competition's Broadband category and PBS KIDS® Online won a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted on by the public. Hailed as "the online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Award is the leading international honor for Web sites.

The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences®, a global organization that includes nearly 500 members such as Internet co-creator Vint Cerf, musicians Beck and David Bowie, political columnist Arianna Huffington, "Smart Mobs" author Howard Rheingold, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison.

"Winning a Webby provides much-deserved recognition of the superlative efforts of our talented online and television producers, local PBS stations and PBS Interactive staff," said Cindy Johanson, PBS senior vice president, Interactive and Education. "We also want to give a special note of thanks to the Internet audience which has supported us over the past nine years."

PBS.org - the most trafficked dot-org Web site in the world - is the home of comprehensive companion Web sites for more than 1,000 PBS television programs and specials, as well as original Web-only content and real-time learning adventures. With more than 150,000 pages of content to explore, visitors to pbs.org can delve further into the subjects they most enjoy - from news to history and the arts to science and technology. In 2003, pbs.org shattered usage records, with more than three billion page views. Traffic to pbs.org continues to skyrocket, with pageviews and unique visits to the site in the first quarter of 2004 up more than 40 percent over the same period in 2003.

PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's 349 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million people each week. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is the leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of educational services for adult learners. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, the leading dot-org Web site on the Internet. PBS is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

Contact:
Kevin Dando
703-739-5073
kdando@pbs.org


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