There’s growing tension between National Public Radio and its member stations. The NPR is facing a budget crisis and has employeed a number of cost-cutting strategies- strategies some fear could hurt local stations. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Some member stations fear NPR budget cuts might hurt the quality of marquee public radio shows “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” making it harder for local stations to raise funds during those shows, which typically bring in the lion’s share of listener donations and corporate underwriting. In addition, the cost-cutting has reignited long-simmering fears that NPR will grab the bulk of online listeners, at the expense of individual station Web sites.
The tensions have been exacerbated by an email, making the rounds in public-radio circles, written by Ruth Seymour, general manager of KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., one of NPR’s biggest and most influential member stations.
“We have our own programs to consider, our staffs to protect, and local communities to answer to,” wrote Ms. Seymour in an email sent last week to NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg. The email was sent after it was learned that Ms. Stamberg and “All Things Considered” cohost Melissa Block had suggested in an NPR staff meeting that member stations hold fund drives directly for NPR.
Found via Gary Scott