Clinton speaking to kids on Nick New Year’s spec

Prez to stress kids' role in society, talk leads into Nickellennium

NEW YORK — President Clinton will help Nickelodeon kick off the new millennium with a special New Year’s Eve address to the nation’s kids on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

The address will launch Nickelodeon’s New Year’s Eve celebration, hosted by Amanda Bynes and Kenan Thompson, and featuring millennium-themed episodes of some of the kids’ cabler’s most popular series. The block will end at midnight with the premiere of Nickelodeon’s 24-hour commercial-free Nickellennium event on New Year’s Day.

In his address, the president is expected to talk to kids about the impact they are currently making on society, as well as their great potential as the leaders of the next century. “We are proud to be the medium which the president will use to address the nation’s kids,” said Herb Scannell, president, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite and TV Land. “Our goal with the Nickellennium is to give kids a voice and let their opinions be heard. Having the president address kids about the important role they will play in our future sends a great message to them that kids matter and can contribute to their world.”

To prepare for its Nickellennium project, over the past year Nickelodeon has traveled the globe, listening to more than 10,000 kids of all backgrounds from America to Zimbabwe as they described their hopes, dreams and predictions about the future of their world. Kicking off at midnight in various time zones, the Nickellennium film will be shown in 122 countries in nine languages, in nearly 100 million homes.

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