KING WORLD SIGNS DEBORAH NORVILLE TO CONTINUE AS "INSIDE EDITION" ANCHOR
Santa Monica, CA, January 25, 2005 � Emmy award-winning journalist Deborah Norville has signed on for two more years as anchor of Inside Edition, the top-rated, longest-running syndicated newsmagazine she joined ten years ago, it was announced today by Roger King, CEO, CBS Enterprises and King World Productions.
"Deborah Norville is an extremely talented and well-respected journalist, who brings great credibility to Inside Edition," said King. "We are very proud of her work on Inside Edition, and are thrilled that she will be continuing with the series."
"Inside Edition has made a connection with viewers that is rare these days in television," said Norville. "I am thrilled to continue as part of a program that has become a daily companion to so many with gripping personal stories, solid investigations and regular sampling of pop culture and trends. It's a uniquely talented team at Inside Edition and King World/CBS Enterprises, and I am proud to continue in business with them."
"Deborah has truly become the voice and face of Inside Edition," said Executive Producer Charles Lachman. "In TV-time, few things last a single season, let alone 10 years, which makes Deborah's achievements on Inside Edition all the more remarkable."
Norville has been integral to the series� reputation for delivering hard-hitting, credible news with a competitive edge and award-winning quality. During her tenure with the series, Inside Edition has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including a George Polk Award, an Ace Award and National Press Club Awards, among others.
With Norville in the anchor chair, the series continues to stand out among the competition, matching the growing sophistication of the newsmagazine viewer. The series, which attracts 25 million viewers weekly, has ranked among the Top Ten first-run syndicated programs for 64 consecutive sweeps periods and, in the key access time period, among the top five such programs for the last 51 consecutive sweeps.
Currently in its 17th season, Inside Edition is produced and distributed by King World Productions.
King World Productions, Inc. is the preeminent company in television syndication, distributing six of the Top Ten syndicated series, including the two highest-rated talk shows and two highest-rated game shows. Among its stable of quality, critically-acclaimed programming are America�s favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune, which has ranked #1 among all syndicated strips since its debut 22 years ago, and Jeopardy!, America�s favorite quiz show, which has ranked #2 among all syndicated strips for the past 20 seasons. In addition, King World distributes The Oprah Winfrey Show, which has been the #1-rated talk series for the past 18 seasons, and Dr. Phil, which has ranked as the #2-rated talk series since its debut in Fall 2002. Additionally, for the past 16 seasons, King World has produced and distributed Inside Edition, the longest-running and highest-rated newsmagazine in syndication. King World also syndicates the CBS Television Network primetime hits, Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. The King World slate also includes CBS MarketWatch Weekend, Bob Vila�s Home Again and Mr. Food.