Famed Announcer Carl Kasell To Retire From NPR’s ‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me’

It’s hard to imagine NPR without the distinctive baritone voice of Carl Kasell. Carl KasselBut we’ll soon have to: The public radio service says that this spring he will retire from his duties as the Official Judge and Scorekeeper … Read More »

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NPR Seeks To Cut Staff By 10% As It Faces Operating Deficit

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 11:58am PDT

The company is offering staffers a voluntary buyout as part of a new two-year plan to eliminate an operating cash deficit now expected to hit $6.1M next year it said today. NPR hopes to reduce about 10% of … Read More »

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NPR CEO Gary Knell Exits To Become CEO & President Of National Geographic Society; John Fahey Stays As NGS Board Chairman

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 10:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The changeover at the National Geographic Society and NPR continue. NPR CEO Gary Knell today was announced as president and CEO of Nat Geo Society, leaving NPR after 21 months on the job. At … Read More »

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A Director’s Cut: How To Get A Hollywood Greenlight

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 10:11pm PST

Joshua Marston wrote and directed 2004′s feature Maria Full Of Grace and more recently has helmed episodes of CBS’ The Good Wife and HBO’s The Newsroom. He also gets credit for this spot-on flow chart posted on National Public Radio’s Planet Money blog this week. Check out his simple 29-step plan that must have been one heck of a cathartic experience to put together (Note: Marston’s most recent feature is this year’s The Forgiveness Of Blood, shot in … Albania):

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NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ Shifts Gears To Syndication As ‘Click And Clack’ Retire

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 9:08am PDT

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who’ve mixed humor with practical advice for car owners, have decided to park NPR’s most popular show. Public Radio will use clips to piece together new offerings for syndication. As you might expect, Click and Clack — as they call themselves — want to leave with a laugh. Here’s their release:

June 8, 2012; Our Fair City – Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the famous comedian mechanics who host NPR’s Car Talk, told their listeners this afternoon that as of this fall, they’ll no longer record new programs, but that the weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives. The note from the Magliozzis to their listeners is in full at cartalk.com: www.cartalk.com/content/time-get-even-lazier

“My brother has always been ‘work-averse,’” says Ray, 63. “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!”

“It’s brutal!” adds Tom, 74.

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UPDATE: Google Says Gmail Service Returning

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 10:43am PDT

Gmail Hollywood Shut DownUPDATE, 10:43 AM: After saying that the problem only hit 2% of Gmail users, Google just put up the following on their Apps Status page: “Google Mail service has already been restored for some … Read More »

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Public Broadcasters Can Accept Political Ads Court Says

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 3:23pm PDT

Some PBS and NPR stations may be in for an election year bonanza if today’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco stands. Justices overturned part of a statute that bars federally funded public broadcasters from accepting political and issue ads; they upheld the ban on commercials for goods and services from for-profit entities. The law was designed to keep public broadcasters from feeling financial pressures to reach a mass audience, which could result in less public service programming including educational shows for kids. But the court said that “neither logic nor evidence” show that stations would abandon their public service mission in order to score issue and political ads. Lawmakers’ decision to let stations accept ads from non-profits was “fatal” to the case that the FCC made to defend the law. “That is the kind of picking-and-choosing among different types of speech that Congress may not do” under the First Amendment without proof that it’s needed to serve a “substantial interest,” the court said. Read More »

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NPR Nabs Edith Chapin From CNN To Lead Overseas News Coverage

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 7:26am PDT

March 21, 2012; Washington D.C. – NPR News has hired longtime CNN vice president and bureau chief Edith Chapin to lead its international coverage. She’ll become Senior Foreign Editor on May 14. At NPR, Chapin will manage one of the industry’s most robust foreign news operations, overseeing the strategic direction and daily work of the Foreign Desk and its correspondents based in 17 bureaus around the world as well as a team of editors and reporters here in Washington.

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NPR Makes Sesame Workshop’s Gary Knell New Boss

By | Sunday October 2, 2011 @ 4:35pm PDT

NPR on its blog today confirmed that Sesame Workshop president and CEO Gary Knell has been tapped as president and CEO of National Public Radio, after the news broke on the network’s Weekend All Things Considered show. He will take over Dec. 1 and fill the spot that was vacated when former CEO Vivian Schiller departed following a couple of high-profile dust-ups: one when an NPR exec was caught on a hidden camera calling the Tea Party “racist” as well as Schiller’s part in the dismissal of NPR and Fox News commentator Juan Williams over his comments about being uncomfortable seeing people in Musilm dress on airplanes. NPR also has come under fire from some in Congress who are looking to cut the public radio network’s funding. From today’s announcement about Knell: Read More »

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NPR CEO Resigns Over Hidden-Camera Gate

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 7:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NPR is embroiled in yet another scandal as pressure from conservatives mounts to de-fund the public radio broadcaster. NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned this morning as a fallout of conservative activist James O’Keefe posting a hidden-camera video of … Read More »

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NPR Exec Who Fired Juan Williams Resigns

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 11:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: On Fox News’ America Live, Juan Williams reacted to the resignation of NPR’s Ellen Weiss, the executive who fired him, and discussed the future of NPR. He didn’t have many nice things to say (video below):
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Fox News Gives Axed NPR Analyst Juan Williams New Deal, Expanded Role

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 3:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As they say, when one door closes, another opens. A day after NPR terminated news analyst Juan Williams over remarks about muslims he made on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor on Monday, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said … Read More »

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