Report: NPR Shows Profitable While Network Runs Deficit
March 25, 2011 at 4:21 AM (PT)
While NPR as a network tends to run a deficit, AOL's DAILYFINANCE is reporting that many of the network's individual shows are profitable.
The network showed an $8.3 million deficit in fiscal 2010 due to increased expenses despite a healthy rise in revenues from $148.7 million to $184.3 million and expects to earn a "modest margin," spokeswoman DANA DAVIS REHM told DAILYFINANCE. But individual shows, generally produced by local affiliates for the network, return "a margin to our organization," NPR said, including WHYY/PHILADELPHIA's "FRESH AIR," WBEZ/CHICAGO's "THIS AMERICAN LIFE," and others; the network's own "MORNING EDITION" and "ALL THINGS CONSIDERED" also run a profit.
The profitability of shows is an element of the debate over continued public funding, through the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING, for NPR.