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blinkx CEO Named Executive of the Year Finalist for 2009 American Business Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – May 20, 2009 – blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced that Founder and CEO Suranga Chandratillake has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 American Business Awards in the Executive of the Year category for Media & Entertainment.

“It’s a great honor to be nominated by The American Business Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges and Advisors as an Executive of the Year,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. “This recognition further validates our leadership in video search and blinkx’s significant achievements despite present market challenges.”

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit entries to the ABAs – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Members of the Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among Finalists in final judging that will continue through June 3. Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April through early May.

Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 22, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Six hundred executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend. The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network and hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba. 

About blinkx

blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx’s founders set out to solve a significant challenge – as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx’s patented search technologies listen to – and even see – the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world’s most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

Supporting sponsors of The 2009 American Business Awards include High Performance Technologies Inc., John Hancock, Lifelock, RCN Corporation, Softpro, and Ultimate Software.  Media sponsor is the Business TalkRadio Network.  Localization partner of the 2009 Stevie Awards is Lionbridge.

Press Contacts:

Tim Turpin
Sparkpr
+1 (415) 321 1894
tturpin@sparkpr.com

Nicole Love
Marlin PR
+44 207 869 8328
Nicole.love@marlinpr.com


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