Welcome to the Neighborhood: Network Communications, Inc. Announces Web Alliance With Citysearch Co-Branded, Powerhouse Portal Provides Real Estate and Local Community Content

Alliance Responds to What Site Visitors Want - Apartments and Real Estate



    ATLANTA, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Communications, Inc. (NCI), one of
 the world's largest providers of real estate advertising and publishing, has
 entered into an agreement with the Citysearch business of Ticketmaster
 (Nasdaq:   TMCS) to build the real estate advertising industry's most
 comprehensive Web presence.  NCI publishes more than 500 real estate related
 magazines circulated in 80 countries.  In addition, NCI's LivingChoices real
 estate Web sites receive approximately 1.5 million user sessions monthly.
     Citysearch, which operates local city guides where three of its top ten
 searches are real estate related, will use its Web systems and Web development
 resources to expand and build new sites to provide NCI real estate content to
 users.  The initial phase of this contract is for three years making NCI the
 exclusive real estate information supplier to Citysearch.
     "We are committed to creating an extensive and successful real estate
 presence on the Internet," said Steven Trepp, president of Citysearch. "We
 looked at all our options, and it was clear that the most logical choice was
 to go with the company that is already a leader in real estate advertising."
     "NCI is already the leader in our industry. We are not taking this
 commitment lightly.  We are doing what is necessary to become the real estate
 leader on the Internet," said Jay McDonald, President and CEO, NCI.
     This agreement establishes the foundation that will provide both consumers
 and real estate professionals with a complete real estate resource including:
 
     Comprehensive Content
     www.LivingChoices.com will provide in-depth real estate industry content,
 including homes for sale, luxury properties, apartments, corporate housing,
 senior communities and relocation information to Citysearch's more than
 80 domestic city guides throughout the United States.
 
     Consumer Traffic
     This agreement will allow NCI to leverage the considerable traffic
 generated by Citysearch.  According to Media Metrix, Citysearch provides more
 than three million unique users per month information to help them make the
 most of their city.
 
     Links to Complementary Sites
     LivingChoices.com has a comprehensive Internet presence, geographically
 and breadth of content, and is a direct link to NCI's complementary "offline"
 family of publications in more than 500 markets.
     NCI and TMCS will aggressively explore other shared interests including
 national advertising, sponsorship and partnerships, content integration and
 the coordination of efforts to ensure a viable and successful venture.
 
     About Network Communications, Inc.:
     Network Communications, Inc. is one of the country's largest privately
 held multimedia communications companies.  NCI is the leading publisher and
 provider of printed and online real estate information in North America.  The
 company distributes more than 10 million magazines each month representing
 more than 500 markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Network Communications'
 publications include:  The Real Estate Book(R), New Home Finder(TM), Unique
 Homes Magazine(R), Mature Living Choices(R), Apartment Blue Book Finder(R),
 Apartment Finder(TM), Corporate Choices.com(TM), The Luxury Real Estate
 Book(TM) and Commercial and Investment Properties(TM) as well as private label
 magazines for over 30 real estate agencies.  NCI, combined with its Walton
 Press subsidiary is also the largest printer in the state of Georgia, printing
 for over 260 other publishers throughout the U.S.
 
     About Ticketmaster  (formerly Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch):
     Ticketmaster operates the world's leading ticketing service; selling
 83 million tickets valued at more than 3.3 billion dollars, through
 approximately 3,500 retail Ticket Center outlets; 18 worldwide telephone call
 centers; and ticketmaster.com. Ticketmaster serves more than 6,200 clients
 worldwide and acts as the exclusive ticketing service for hundreds of leading
 arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, and theaters.  The Company also
 operates Citysearch, a leading online local network enabling people to get the
 most out of their city, and Match.com, the premier online matchmaking service.
 Located in Los Angeles, California, Ticketmaster is majority owned by USA
 Networks, Inc. (USAI) and is a division of its Information and Services unit.
 Ticketmaster was formed through the combination of the operations of
 Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch and Ticketmaster Corporation in January 2001
 and renamed Ticketmaster.
 
 

SOURCE Network Communications, Inc.

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