Few days ago Mike Savage, WBAA general manager & member director to the National Public Radio (NPR) Board of Directors, posted on LinkedIn (deleted) that the broadcast of the popular radio show This American Life will end in August.
Acoording to Savage, there have been several reasons, but one factor stood out for him (and I guess the board) — the decision by Ira Glass to distribute the program to paid subscription service Pandora.
There has been a lot of extremely interesting comments and I was fascinated by the discussion, but had a feeling this could get deleted. So I kept some screenshots.
What is the future of public broadcasting?
How should the rules change?
What is the real mission?
I certainly do not have the answers, but I am open to discussion. What is your opinion?
DISCLAIMER: This is not the whole discussion. I tried to cut out a few pieces (comments) which did not move the discussion forward. Here are the original screenshots.
Latest news: After considerable listener feedback, This American Life will remain on WBAA. We are evaluating the schedule and working to select a weekend time that will best showcase the program on WBAA.