Barbara Walters to Launch 'Best of the Very Best' on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Early Next Year
Four Times a Year, Walters To Do 'Ask Barbara Anything' Live Call-in Show Exclusively On SIRIUS
NEW YORK, June 26, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that broadcasting icon Barbara Walters' interviews will be featured in an exclusive weekly SIRIUS show, entitled Barbara Walters' Best of the Very Best, presenting a selection of her compelling interviews over the past 30 years with great entertainers and world leaders. Walters will also host four times a year a new, live call-in show, entitled Ask Barbara Anything, exclusively on SIRIUS.
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The weekly two-hour series, Barbara Walters' Best of the Very Best, will take the best from a vast archive of diverse interview subjects that have captivated millions. Barbara Walters' Best of the Very Best will debut early next year exclusively on SIRIUS Stars, channel 102. The show will include dynamic interviews with famous people ranging from Hillary Clinton to Muhammad Ali to Tom Hanks to Lance Armstrong, to name only a few.
Walters will also host a periodic new show created just for SIRIUS. The satellite radio show, Ask Barbara Anything, will focus on varied compelling topics and major cultural events spanning the worlds of entertainment and politics. The show, beginning this fall, will include Walters taking calls directly from listeners.
"I am delighted to be part of the SIRIUS Satellite Radio family," said Walters. "It is an exciting new venture for me, and I am glad that my interviews will have this new exposure."
"Barbara Walters is a pioneer in the world of broadcasting. Her intelligence, honesty and integrity have broken ground in television and opened many doors for women in journalism," said Scott Greenstein, President of Entertainment and Sports, SIRIUS Satellite Radio. "We are honored and excited to showcase her candid interviews with the world's biggest newsmakers, and offer Barbara a platform for exclusive new specials."
Considered one of the most recognizable faces on television, Walters was the first female to anchor a news broadcast, when she co-anchored ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner in 1976. Since then she has interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history, including every American President and First Lady since Richard Nixon. She was also the first female co-anchor of the Today show. Walters is currently co-executive producer and co-host of the Emmy Award winning daytime talk show, The View.
The Barbara Walters Specials are continuously the top-rated specials of the year and have included such entertainment legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Bette Davis and Audrey Hepburn. More recent interviews of superstars have included George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Mariah Carey, Julianne Moore, and Renee Zellweger. Walters' The 10 Most Fascinating People special broadcast, launched in 1993, offers a year-end review of the most prominent newsmakers of the year.
In September 2004, after 25 years as co-host and chief correspondent of ABC News' 20/20, Walters left the show to begin a new phase in her career at the network. She remains an active member of the news division and network, substantially increasing the number of primetime ABC News specials, in addition to her Barbara Walters Specials.
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