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KNIGHT-RIDDER, INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF DATA-STAR

 MIAMI, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Knight-Ridder, Inc. (NYSE: KRI), the U.S. newspaper and information services company, today announced the acquisition of Data-Star, Europe's leading online information service.
 The Data-Star business, based in Bern, Switzerland, was purchased from Motor-Columbus, the Swiss engineering technology firm.
 Knight-Ridder owns Dialog Information Services, Inc., a U.S.-based leading online information services company. Knight-Ridder will build on the individual strengths of the two companies with Dialog and Data- Star operating jointly in the service and sales areas. The combined services will contain a comprehensive range of business and scientific databases. The combination of Dialog and Data-Star will provide customers access to a global information services company.
 Dialog and Data-Star have been recognized as pioneering and award- winning online information services, innovative, responsive and vital to the flow of information in major organizations and libraries everywhere in the world. Data-Star offers access to 250 medical, business, pharmaceutical and European directory databases. Data-Star has customers not only in Europe, but also in the United states and Japan.
 Heinz Ochsner, director of Data-Star, stated, "With the combined technical, marketing and support experience of the two most progressive online services, we intend to set new high standards for the online industry and to give better value that ever before."
 Pat Tierney, CEO of Dialog, stated, "We are especially pleased that Data-Star's staff and management will remain with the organization, working with Dialog to maintain continuity and expand the European market. Most importantly, we will increase substantially our ability to provide strong support for our customers, particularly in Europe as well as throughout the world. By joining our R&D efforts we will be able to better respond to the rapidly changing information services needs of our customers."
 Knight-Ridder is an international communications company engaged in newspaper publishing, business news and information services, electronic retrieval services, news, graphics and photo services, cable television and newsprint manufacturing. The company publishes 29 daily newspapers in the United States. Around the world, news, advertising and information from Knight-Ridder reach more than 100 million people. Knight-Ridder stock trades on New York Stock Exchange, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
 Dialog Information Services is a world leader in electronic information access and delivery. The DIALOG(A) service contains more than 400 databases, primarily in the business, news, scientific and technical areas, used by customers in more than 90 countries. The DIALOG OnDisc collection of databases on CDROM consists of more than 40 titles specializing in business, science and technology.
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 /(A) -- DIALOG is a service mark and DIALOG OnDisc is a trademark, of Dialog Information Services, Inc., Registered U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Dialog Information Services, Inc. is a Knight-Ridder company.
 CONTACT: Data-Star's Director Rolando Henrich at 41-31-50 95 11; Dialog's Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Service Richard P. Ream, at 44-71-5220042; Dialog's Senior Director, Worldwide Marketing Narendra Rana, at 415-858-3816; or Knight-Ridder's Vice President, Corporate Relations and Planning Frank N. Hawkins Jr., at 305-376-3838/
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