WGBH/Boston Buys GlobalPost, Will Integrate It Into Public Radio International
September 24, 2015 at 7:37 AM (PT)
WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, parent of News-Talk WGBH-F and PBS affiliates WGBH-TV and WGBX-TV/BOSTON, is buying GLOBALPOST, the news website, and will integrate its reporting into PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL's news operations.
"The need for trusted, thoughtful and expansive journalism has never been greater, and this is another manifestation of WGBH's commitment to broadening and deepening public media's international reporting resources," said WGBH Pres./CEO JON ABBOTT. "We are excited to invest in PRI's leadership and strength in global news and innovation to expand our service to the public."
PRI Pres./CEO ALISA MILLER said, "PRI and GLOBALPOST joining forces will create one of the most influential, in-depth digital global news platforms. We'll expand our reporting about pivotal global topics and offer more insights on PRI's THE WORLD and PRI.org. Expect to see new GLOBALPOST/PRI initiatives as part of our radio, podcast, video and text offerings that inform, delight and engage millions of people, especially Millennials, who care deeply about the future of our world."
GLOBALPOST Founder/Pres./CEO PHILIP S. BALBONI, who will become a strategic advisor to PRI after the deal is closed in NOVEMBER, added, "As a leader in international journalism, GLOBALPOST's values and mission are perfectly aligned with WGBH and PRI. We are united in the belief that AMERICA needs more, better and deeper international reporting, something to which PRI has been devoted for over 30 years. We look forward to reaching new heights of international reporting excellence and digital innovation."