"But looking at where PRI is now pushing its business and where we're growing — especially on the digital side of things, which we’ve always done without PRI — both we and our colleagues at PRI came to the same conclusion: to go our separate ways. Most listeners I meet seem utterly unaware of who our distributor is, or they think — mistakenly — that we’re part of NPR. NPR is the company that puts out 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered' and many fine programs. But there are several other companies that distribute public radio shows around the country. Local public radio stations get shows from all of them. We’ll announce sometime soon what our new plan is to distribute the show to radio stations." Can we get a collective "phew"?
Hearing Ira Glass say, "From WBEZ Chicago, it's 'This American Life' distributed by Public Radio International" is as much of a weekend tradition as sleeping in late or poring over the Sunday Times. Unfortunately, it's about to end.
Yesterday, Public Radio International (PRI) announced that it will stop distributing the beloved radio program. As of July 1, their 17-year relationship will come to an end.
“During our most recent negotiation, it became clear that our organizations’ expectations regarding our futures were different,” said PRI executive Julia Yager in a statement.
But, what that does really mean? The good news is that "This American Life" will still be produced, and ol' Ira won't be going anywhere (we hope). The show is expected to name a new distribution partner soon. (NPR, where you at?)
Fingers crossed this doesn't affect the show's schedule or availability too much. Our weekends depend on it! (Variety)