WNYC, Times, BBC, WGBH Plan Public Radio Morning Show
March 19, 2007 at 5:50 AM (PT)
Noncommercial WNYC-A/NEW YORK is partnering with PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL, the BBC WORLD SERVICE, NEW YORK TIMES RADIO, and WGBH-F/BOSTON to produce a new national public radio morning show to compete with NPR's "MORNING EDITION."
The show, which will include reports from TIMES and BBC staffers and will be more informal and conversational than its established competitor, is scheduled for an early 2008 launch from WNYC's new LOWER MANHATTAN studios. Former NPR "ON POINT" Exec. Producer GRAHAM GRIFFITH has signed on as Executive Producer for the development phase of the program. WNYC will carry the new show on its AM side while continuing to carry NPR's "MORNING EDITION" on its Classical FM.
The move comes as NPR itself plans a new, similar morning program, co-hosted by LUKE BURBANK, to offer to stations and online as a younger alternative to "MORNING EDITION."