July 14, 2008
Andi Sporkin, NPR
TO END PRODUCTION
July 14, 2008; Washington, D.C. - The Bryant Park Project will end production on Friday, July 25.
The NPR News show was launched October 1, 2007 as a two-hour radio-format program developed primarily for the internet. In addition to its availability for streaming on NPR.org and as a podcast, it currently airs in public radio on five main stations and 19 HD radio stations. It also airs on the NPR Now channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.
"This was a very difficult decision for us to reach for many reasons, first and foremost because of the enormously talented staff and the smart, creative and engaging program they have produced every day. Working without a roadmap, they took risks with ideas and with the loyal audience they built," said Ellen Weiss, Vice President for News and Information, NPR. She added, "In a tough economy, however, we have had to do a careful analysis of everything we're trying to accomplish and we came to understand that a radio-format show produced almost exclusively for the web was not the best way to grow the online audience.
"The Bryant Park Project taught us new ways to connect with the audience, and this knowledge will inform our future efforts. We thank all the radio and online audiences for their support of the show and for the wonderful staff behind it."
Alison Stewart hosts The Bryant Park Project and Executive Producer is Sharon Hoffman. It is produced at the NPR New York studios in Manhattan.