Kinsey Wilson, executive vice president and chief content officer for NPR, clarifies some of reasons why "Talk of the Nation" is headed off the air
and is being replaced with lesser-known newsmagazine "Here & Now."
He said in a phone interview Friday afternoon that while it's time for NPR's programming to evolve, that's not a slight against "Talk of the Nation," which first began in 1991.
"They really sort of set the standard for call-in shows. They are at the top of their game. Over time, many shows have used that model and adapted it to their needs [in local markets]," said Wilson, a Poynter trustee. "There's a lot of abundance in that category. What's not in abundance are shows like 'Here & Now.' There's a real appetite on the part of listeners, program managers and member stations to bridge the gap in our programming." (more...)