28 Facts About NPR


NPR manages the Public Radio Satellite System, which distributes its programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as American Public Media and Public Radio Exchange, and which acts as a primary entry point for the Emergency Alert System.

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Several NPR stations carry programs from British public broadcaster BBC World Service.

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NPR aired its first broadcast on April 20, 1971, covering United States Senate hearings on the ongoing Vietnam War in Southeast Asia.

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NPR was primarily a production and distribution organization until 1977, when it merged with the Association of Public Radio Stations.

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NPR suffered an almost-fatal setback in 1983 when efforts to expand services created a deficit of nearly $7 million.

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In exchange, NPR agreed to a new arrangement whereby the annual CPB stipend that it had previously received directly would be divided among local stations instead; in turn, those stations would support NPR productions on a subscription basis.

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NPR agreed to turn its satellite service into a cooperative venture, making it possible for non-NPR shows to get national distribution.

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NPR spent nearly $13 million to acquire and equip a West Coast 25, 000-square-foot production facility, NPR West, which opened in Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, in November 2002.

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In November 2003, NPR received $235 million from the estate of the late Joan B Kroc, the widow of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's Corporation.

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In June 2013 NPR canceled the weekday call-in show Talk of the Nation.

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In December 2018, The Washington Post reported that between 20 and 22 percent of NPR staff was classified as temps, while this compares to about five percent of a typical for-profit television station.

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In December 2018, NPR launched a new podcast analytics technology called Remote Audio Data, which developer Stacey Goers described as a "method for sharing listening metrics from podcast applications straight back to publishers, with extreme care and respect for user privacy.

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Original purposes of NPR, as ratified by the board of directors, are the following:.

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In 2020, NPR released a budget for FY21 anticipating revenue of $250 million, a slight decrease from the prior year due to impacts of COVID-19.

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In 2010, NPR revenues totaled $180 million, with the bulk of revenues coming from programming fees, grants from foundations or business entities, contributions and sponsorships.

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In 2011, NPR announced the roll-out of their own online advertising network, which allows member stations to run geographically targeted advertisement spots from national sponsors that may otherwise be unavailable to their local area, opening additional revenue streams to the broadcaster.

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In 2014, the Pew Research Center reported that NPR had a similar level of listener trust as CNN, NBC and ABC.

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NPR stations are frequently not included in "summary level" diary data used by most advertising agencies for media planning.

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Data on NPR listening can be accessed using "respondent level" diary data.

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NPR has been dubbed as "leveraging the Twitter generation" because of its adaptation of the popular microblogging service as one of its primary vehicles of information.

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NPR has a YouTube channel featuring regularly posted videos covering news and informational subjects.

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Since launch NPR has made the service available on additional channels: Windows mobile devices, web browsers, Chromecast, Apple Car Play, Apple Watch, Android Auto, Android Wear, Samsung Gear S2 and S3, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Alexa–enabled devices.

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NPR produces a morning and an evening news program, both of which have weekend editions with different hosts.

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NPR has been accused of displaying both liberal bias, as alleged in work such as a UCLA and University of Missouri study of Morning Edition; and conservative bias, including criticism of alleged reliance on conservative think-tanks.

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University of Texas journalism professor and author Robert Jensen has criticized NPR as taking a pro-war stance during coverage of Iraq war protests.

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In 1994, NPR arranged to air, on All Things Considered, a series of three-minute commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist convicted in a controversial trial of murdering Philadelphia Police officer Daniel Faulkner.

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On October 20, 2010, NPR terminated Senior News Analyst Juan Williams's independent contract over a series of incidents culminating in remarks he made on the Fox News Channel regarding Muslim head coverings and not feeling comfortable around women wearing them.

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CNN's Brian Stelter reported that NPR staffers were dissatisfied with the handling of Oreskes, were demanding an external investigation, and that Oreskes poisoned the newsroom atmosphere by abusing his position to meet young women.

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