'Talk Of The Nation' Ending, 'Here And Now' Expanding At WBUR, NPR
March 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM (PT)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY noncommercial News-Talk WBUR/BOSTON has announced the end of the 21-year run of "TALK OF THE NATION" and a new strategic alliance with NPR to bolster midday news programming that includes the expansion of "HERE AND NOW" from one to two hours with updates for different time zones within a four-hour block noon-4p (ET).
In addition, current "HERE AND NOW" host ROBIN YOUNG will be joined by MARKETPLACE MORNING REPORT host JEREMY HOBSON when the show expands on JULY 1st, with MEGHNA CHAKRABATI remaining the show's primary back-up host.
“HERE AND NOW is a smart, well-produced news program,” said NPR Chief Content Officer KINSEY WILSON. “This collaboration allows us to deliver compelling news and cultural coverage throughout the day and keep listeners tuned to public radio. In WBUR we have a strong editorial partner.”
“WBUR is pleased to forge this unique relationship with NPR, redefining how the network and a public radio station can work together to better serve listeners," said WBUR GM CHARLIE KRAVETZ. "We are exceedingly proud of ROBIN YOUNG and the entire team at HERE AND NOW. It is their exceptional work that has created the opportunity for WBUR and NPR to collaborate on this new venture.”
On the end of "TALK OF THE NATION" and the departure of host NEAL CONAN from daily journalism after 35 years with the network, NPR SVP/News MARGARET LOW SMITH said, “NEAL brings extraordinary depth and insight to every story he touches. He connects deeply with the audience and will leave a legacy of excellence, having skillfully carried NPR, our member stations and the nation through some of the most important news of the last decade, setting the standard for high quality call-in Talk programming.”
"SCIENCE FRIDAY WITH IRA FLATOW" will continue to air FRIDAYS 2-4p (ET).