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Public Radio International is a U.S. producer and distributor of public radio programming owned by the Boston public broadcaster WBGH.
Minneapolis-based PRI partners with stations to produce news/talk programs including The Takeaway, Studio 360, and The World. It distributes such programs as the BBC World Service to some 800 stations. In June 2011, it reported 50 employees and $24 million in annual revenue. It also distributed This American Life for 17 years until 2014.
PRI, originally called American Public Radio, was founded in 1983 as a cooperative of stations aiming to compete with NPR. PRI was bought by WBGH, a former American Public Radio affiliate, in July 2012.
In the early 2000s, MPR withdrew its programming from PRI’s distribution and formed a competitor, American Public Media, to distribute A Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace.
In April 2008, PRI and co-producer WNYC debuted The Takeaway, a morning news/talk program designed to compete with NPR’s Morning Edition. The show’s creators intended to “break out from the medium’s conventionally packaged sound” and created a website that emphasizes listener engagement. The Takeaway shares editorial resources with the BBC, The New York Times, and WGBH.
PRI has a free iPhone app that offers live and in-demand access to audio segments and full programs.
The fact-checking process of PRI’s show This American Life came under scrutiny after it was forced to retract a popular episode on abuses in Chinese factories producing Apple products when it discovered that significant portions of story were fabricated. Its retraction episode was, however, its most downloaded episode ever at the time.
NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is an American radio producer and distributor that specializes in news, public affairs, and cultural programming. NPR was launched in 1970 as a collaboration among the nation’s public-broadcasting stations. It is not a radio station itself, but instead a central news organization that produces, licenses, and distributes a variety of…