Dulles, VA, January 8, 1998 - America Online's nearly 2 million connected teens will find an online place of their own today with the debut of The Teen Channel - an interactive gathering place jam-packed with features on cool movies, hot celebrities, popular books, fashion, dating, parents and other topics that affect today's teens. AOL members can access The Teen Channel beginning today at keyword: Teen. AOL created The Teen Channel for the more than 50% of connected teens that access the Internet through AOL. With special programming from teen 'authorities' including Seventeen, The Book Bag, Plug In, and Youth Tech, as well as an agreement with Teen People which makes the magazine available online exclusively on AOL, The AOL Teen Channel is well-positioned to become the most lively and popular teen hang-out in Cyberspace. Teen People, the new magazine for teens published by People Magazine, will debut on America Online and at newsstands on Friday, January 9. Teen People Online - the first national magazine to launch simultaneously online - will be an extension of the print publication, and include celebrity chat sessions, downloadable photographs, audio and video clips...and even 'virtual makeovers' by the magazine's fashion editors. AOL members can find Teen People online in The Teens Channel or at keyword: Teen People. 'AOL created The Teens Channel because it has become increasingly evident how fast this segment of our population, the generation that is literally growing up with computers, is becoming one of the most important demographics to watch in this industry,' said Bob Pittman President and CEO of AOL Networks. 'AOL's offerings are hugely popular with teens. By bringing their favorite AOL places together in one place, we expect The AOL Teen Channel to become the new 'in' spot for the millions teens who access the Internet today'