More Public Radio Changes
No word yet on whether WAMU will pick up Mary Cliff's "Traditions," but the public radio station that specializes in news and talk is picking up a slew of the programs that were dumped off WETA this week when that station adopted an all-classical format.
Fans of NPR's All Things Considered will be pleased by WAMU's decision to restore the newsmagazine to the 7 p.m. hour on weekdays and to add a couple of other news and talk shows--The World and WBUR-Boston's On Point-- in lieu of the longstanding evening reruns of WAMU's midday talk shows, the Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi programs.
More puzzling, however, is the decision to pick up some of the BBC news programs that WETA had been running. The BBC programs are readily available online and while they sometimes showcase the best of British reporting, they often focus on obscure issues and datelines of primary interest to Brits who have a particular fascination with the nations of their colonial past. WAMU will air the BBC Newshour at 4 p.m. weekdays, replacing the first hour of All Things Considered; the BBC World Update at 5 a.m. weekdays, replacing the first hour of NPR's Morning Edition; and the BBC co-production (with Public Radio International), The World, weekday evenings at 8.
By Marc Fisher |
January 26, 2007; 3:33 PM ET
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