Clear Channel Outdoor & Associated Press Bring Worldwide New Year’s Eve Celebrations to America and Canada With Digital Billboards and #NYE4all

Campaign Marks First Use of Digital Out-of-Home as International News and Content Platform

NEW YORK--()--Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) today announced a groundbreaking campaign which leverages the flexible capabilities of its visual digital out-of-home network to deliver New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the world to the U.S. and Canada. Starting at approximately 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, December 31st, when New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China are among the first countries to enter 2014, Clear Channel Outdoor will begin displaying AP’s images of international New Year’s Eve celebrations across its inventory of more than 1,000 digital billboards in 37 major U.S. markets and select locations in Canada. The campaign will conclude when Alaska, American Samoa, and the U.S. Islands of Baker Island and Howland Island are the final countries to enter into the New Year between 4AM and 7AM Eastern Time on Thursday, January 2nd.

AP Images, the commercial photo unit of The Associated Press, was selected by Clear Channel Outdoor to collaborate in this groundbreaking use of out-of-home digital media because AP owns the world’s largest collection of historical and contemporary photographs, including timely, powerful and informative images that cover topics including breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather, fashion, and travel. Clear Channel Outdoor will place AP’s images of New Year’s Eve into outdoor creative emblazoned with #NYE4all to encourage social engagement and sharing on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

Clear Channel Outdoor’s growing digital inventory and innovative use of these screens have moved the company from a traditional outdoor advertising business to a powerful real-time broadcast medium that provides a more creative, timely, flexible and relevant way for brands to message and interact with consumers. Advertisers are increasingly using these new capabilities to engage consumers with contextually aware messaging that stimulates deeper brand experiences and dialogue in social media.

“Consumers are a very important part of the out-of-home advertising value chain. Our New Year’s Eve displays will provide interesting, topical news and images via our digital platform, a clear illustration that out-of-home advertising is a more flexible and useful medium for advertisers than ever before, while encouraging increased consumer focus on the messages found there,” said Vicki Lins, Chief Marketing Officer of Clear Channel Outdoor – North America. “Our digital screens can enable consumers to find the scores of a big game, or the results of an election, or the winner of last night’s reality show competitions -- and sometimes they’ll find important safety information like FBI Wanted searches or AMBER alerts. Today, out-of home is a vital new real-time medium in an increasingly fractured media environment.”

“Pushing the creative boundaries of out-of-home, especially via our national digital platform, is a strategic imperative for us at Clear Channel Outdoor,” said Paul Livornese, Vice President & Creative Director, Clear Channel Outdoor – North America. “It’s my goal to elevate the creativity of the medium, and I can think of no better way to do that than by using our digital screens to give some of AP’s most amazing photography a whole new stage. There will be much more to come as our creative teams across the country help clients dramatically expand their creativity with our new digital capabilities.”

The following North American Clear Channel Outdoor markets are participating:

                   

1. Akron

20. Miami
2. Atlanta 21. Milwaukee
3. Baltimore 22. Minneapolis
4. Boston 23. New Jersey
5. Chicago 24. Oakland
6. Cleveland 25. Ocala
7. Columbus 26. Orlando
8. Dallas 27. Philadelphia
9. Denver (at Denver International Airport) 28. Phoenix
10. Des Moines 29. Portland
11. El Paso 30. Reno
12. Fort Smith 31. Sacramento
13. Houston 32. Salisbury
14. Indianapolis 33. San Antonio
15. Jacksonville 34. Seattle
16. Las Vegas 35. Tampa
17. Los Angeles 36. Toronto, Canada (including Toronto Pearson Airport)
18. Melbourne 37. Vaughan, Ontario
19. Memphis 38. Wichita
 

About Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: CCO) is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 750,000 displays in over 40 countries across five continents, including 48 of the 50 largest markets in the United States. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings offers many types of displays across its global platform to meet the advertising needs of its customers. This includes a growing digital platform that now offers over 1000 digital billboards across 37 U.S. markets. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings’ International segment operates in nearly 30 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America in a wide variety of formats.

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Contacts

Media:
For Clear Channel Outdoor
David Grabert, 212-812-0089
DavidGrabert@ClearChannel.com

Illustration of Clear Channel Outdoor digital creative for #NYE4all campaign with Associated Press Images (Photo: Business Wire)

Illustration of Clear Channel Outdoor digital creative for #NYE4all campaign with Associated Press Images (Photo: Business Wire)

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Clear Channel Outdoor and AP Images collaborating on a first, bringing worldwide NYE celebrations to the U.S. and Canada on Clear Channel Outdoor's digital sign inventory in the U.S. & Canada

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Contacts

Media:
For Clear Channel Outdoor
David Grabert, 212-812-0089
DavidGrabert@ClearChannel.com