Boston and Minneapolis - Jul 27, 2012 - Public Radio International (PRI) has been acquired by and will be an affiliated company of WGBH. PRI, the national content producer, network and service provider for public radio, and WGBH, the award-winning public media content producer for radio, TV and the Web, will come together to pursue a shared vision for developing and funding station-based and independently-produced content for public media including an editorial diversity from producers nationwide. The two organizations will leverage their combined resources and expertise to create scale and efficiencies to provide public radio audiences with more content choices and engagement opportunities; increase public radio stations' and producers' ability to address audience needs and interests in today's multi-media, cross-platform digital world; and support public media's creative communities.
As an affiliated company of WGBH, PRI will continue to operate independently as a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Minneapolis, with its distinct mission and recognized board of directors, continuing to directly raise funds for its own programs, projects and operations. PRI will continue to produce PRI's The World, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen from PRI and WNYC, and The Takeaway (a co-production of PRI and WNYC). It will continue to serve public radio stations with the largest portfolio of on-going and independent programming in public radio, representing content from 16 producers in the US and Canada. WGBH will provide administrative operations support to PRI.
For more than 16 years, PRI and WGBH have worked together to advance public media, co-producing PRI's The World, radio's only daily international news program created expressly to help American audiences experience the world's complexities; launching public radio's first daily national news program podcast and public radio video segments; and exchanging content between The World and WGBH's popular documentary programs Nova and Frontline.