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Arbitron Cancels October Week 1 PPM Report in Houston

September 26, 2008 ““ Arbitron Inc. (: ) announced today the company will not produce a Portable People MeterTM Weekly report in for October Week 1 (September 18 through September 24, 2008) due to the impact of Hurricane Ike. Arbitron is also evaluating the impact of Hurricane Ike on October Week Two and will continue to issue status reports on upcoming deliverables as each release nears. About the The Arbitron system uses a passive device ““ about the size of a small cell phone ““ to track consumer exposure to media and entertainment, including broadcast, cable and satellite television; terrestrial, satellite and online radio as well as cinema advertising and many types of place-based electronic media. Carried throughout the day by rand omly selected survey participants, the device can track when and where they watch television, listen to radio as well as how they interact with other forms of media and entertainment. The detects inaudible codes embedded in the audio portion of media and entertainment content delivered by , content providers and distributors. At the end of the day, the meter is placed in a docking station that extracts the codes and sends them to a central computer. The PPM is equipped with a motion sensor, a patented quality control feature unique to the system, which allows Arbitron to confirm the compliance of the PPM survey participants every day. About Arbitron Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) is a media and marketing research firm serving the media ““ radio, television, cable, online radio and out-of-home ““ as well as advertisers and advertising agencies in the United States. Arbitron’s core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The company has developed the Portable People Meter, a new technology for media and marketing research. Through its Scarborough Research joint venture with The Nielsen Company, Arbitron provides additional media and marketing research services to the broadcast television, newspaper and online industries. Arbitron’s marketing and business units are supported by a world-renowned research and technology organization located in Columbia, Maryland . Arbitron’s executive offices are located in New York City. ### Portable People MeterTM and PPMTM are marks of Arbitron Inc. Arbitron Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements regarding Arbitron Inc. and its subsidiaries in this document that are not historical in nature, particularly those that utilize terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “believes,” or “plans,” or comparable terminology, are forward-looking statements based on current expectations about future events, which we have derived from information currently available to us. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our results to be materially different from results implied in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, in no particular order, whether we will be able to: “¢ successfully implement the commercialization of our Portable People MeterTM service; “¢ successfully design, recruit and maintain PPM panels that appropriately balance research quality, panel size and operational cost; “¢ complete the Media Rating Council (“”) audits of our local market PPM ratings services in a timely manner and successfully obtain and /or maintain MRC accreditation for our audience measurement business; “¢ renew contracts with large customers as they expire; “¢ successfully execute our business strategies, including entering into potential acquisition, joint-venture or other material third-party agreements; “¢ effectively manage the impact, if any, of any further ownership shifts in the radio and advertising agency industries; “¢ respond to rapidly changing technological needs of our customer base, including creating new proprietary software systems and new customer products and services that meet these needs in a timely manner; “¢ successfully manage the impact on our business of any economic downturn, generally, and in the advertising market, in particular; “¢ successfully manage the impact on costs of data collection due to lower respondent cooperation in surveys, privacy concerns, consumer trends, technology changes and /or government regulations; “¢ successfully develop and implement technology solutions to measure new forms of audio content and delivery, multimedia and advertising in an increasingly competitive environment; and “¢ successfully maintain industry usage of our services in light of governmental regulation, legislation, litigation, activism or adverse public relations efforts prompted by various industry groups and market segments. There are a number of additional important factors that could cause actual events or our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the risk factors set forth in the caption “ITEM 1A. “” RISK FACTORS” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and elsewhere, and any subsequent periodic or current reports filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements contained in this document represent our estimates only as of the date hereof, and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change.