Ira Glass: No Deal With PRX For 'This American Life' Distribution
March 25, 2014 at 4:23 AM (PT)
"THIS AMERICAN LIFE" host and producer IRA GLASS tells ROBERTFEDER.COM that contrary to FEDER's previous report (NET NEWS 3/24), no deal has been struck with PUBLIC RADIO EXCHANGE (PRX) to distribute the CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA News-Talk WBEZ/CHICAGO-produced show, which is leaving PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL after 17 years (NET NEWS 3/20).
GLASS told FEDER in an email, “(W)e haven’t begun negotiations with PRX or anyone else to distribute the program. I have no idea what terms PRX would offer and there are lots of other options. We’re about to begin a round of talking to possible distributors. There’s also the option of self-distribution, which is attractive. The show was self-distributed by WBEZ for its first year. I honestly have no idea who would’ve suggested that a deal with PRX is wrapped up. Very weird."