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 CHICAGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB), Ticketmaster Corp., and America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AMER), announced a strategic marketing alliance today that will allow Chicago Online members to scan schedules and buy tickets to Chicago-area and Florida concerts, events and attractions and purchase related merchandise through personal computers.
 Adding to the current information and ticketing service for Chicago Cubs, White Sox and area attractions, Chicago Online will offer access to Ticketmaster's Chicago-area concert and event databases by the end of the year, and to Florida's databases by early 1994. Members will be able to purchase best-available seating online for all but first- day sales of selected events.
 The agreement calls for the three companies to develop and implement an events calendar and an enhanced information service, and to offer online merchandising of related products such as caps, shirts, posters, recordings, videos and souvenirs. Chicago Online is a joint venture between Tribune and America Online (AOL).
 "The rollout of Chicago event information and baseball ticketing online has been very well received by members and we want to give them more," Gene Quinn, general manager of Chicago Online, said. "We'll be adding value to the Ticketmaster online service in Chicago, and extending the full range of event information and ticketing to Florida."
 "This alliance merges especially well with our mission of providing real-time interactive services today to an ever-increasing consumer base," Fred Rosen, chairman and CEO of Ticketmaster, said. "The joint marketing power of three forward-looking businesses gives this venture added dimension. While other companies speculate on the future of interactive technology, this venture is delivering a truly interactive technology today."
 "Online members are the beneficiaries of this alliance because they'll be able to do so much so easily," said Steve Case, president and CEO of AOL. "Tribune's gateway to Ticketmaster's database, accessed through America's fastest-growing online service, gives consumers what they want, when they want it."
 America Online provides a wide variety of services to its more-than 400,000 subscribers, including electronic mail, conferencing, software, computing support, interactive newspapers and magazines, and online classes. AOL has established strategic alliances with dozens of companies, including Tribune, Time Warner, CNN, Knight-Ridder, IBM and Apple.
 Ticketmaster is the world's largest computerized ticketing service, projected to sell more than 50 million tickets in 1993. Ticketmaster serves more than 2,500 clients in 44 states, Canada, Europe and Australia.
 Tribune is a leading information and entertainment company. It publishes six daily newspapers, operates seven TV and six radio stations, produces and syndicates information and programming, publishes books and information in print and digital formats, and has an interest in newsprint manufacturing.
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 /CONTACT: Robert D. Carr, 312-222-3763, or home, 708-279-8021, or (investors) Joseph Andrew Hays, 312-222-3237, fax 312-222-1573, or home, 312-642-0040, both for Tribune Company; Larry Solters of Scoop Marketing, 213-381-2277, or fax, 213-381-2275, for Ticketmaster Corp., or Jean Villanueva for America Online, Inc., 703-883-1675, or fax, 703-883-1532/

CO: Tribune Company; Ticketmaster Corp.; America Online, Inc. ST: Illinois, Florida IN: SU: PDT

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