Jan 24, 2008

WUMB ponders end to its PRI affiliation

The steep price of Public Radio International programming has prompted Boston's WUMB to consider dropping Mountain Stage and Afropop Worldwide, according to the Boston Globe. General Manager Pat Monteith has approached producers of both shows about her dilemma, but they can't help her. "Their contract won't allow them to negotiate with us independently and PRI won't give us a price that's affordable," she said. WUMB has been reevaluating its program schedule and branding as part of CPB's Station Renewal Project.

'They used to have to leave your house to get into trouble...'

Frontline producers Rachel Dretzin and John Maggio chatted with Washington Post readers about "Growing Up Online," their investigation into how social networks, cyberbullying and other Web-native phenomena are transforming childhood.

Global deal brings BBC content to MySpace

A partnership to be announced today by the BBC and MySpace will bring BBC content to 23 regional MySpace sites around the world, according to the New York Times.

The Met cancels VOD plans

The Metropolitan Opera is scrapping plans to make its productions available on cable video-on-demand services shortly after its live transmissions to movie theaters. Theater owners complained that the cable offering would cut into live audiences. PBS will still carry the performances. Since he took the reins in 2006, Peter Gelb, the Met's g.m., has worked to get the opera house's performances on as many platforms as possible.