It’s hard to imagine NPR without the distinctive baritone voice of Carl Kasell. But 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 …
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 …
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):
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.
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.
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.
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:
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):
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
PREVIOUS: The NPR Board of Directors …