From The New York Times:
Five suitors came calling, including satellite radio company SiriusXM, but in the end public radio’s “This American Life” decided to go it alone. The popular weekly program is notifying stations on Wednesday that it will distribute the show itself beginning in July when its distribution contract with Public Radio International ends.
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In a letter sent to stations Wednesday, Ira Glass, the host and executive producer, disclosed that SiriusXM “asked how much money it would take to get us to quit public radio completely, to abandon terrestrial radio the way Howard Stern did, and play exclusively on Sirius-XM. So flattering! But of course, no chance of that happening.”
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Suitors, he said, also felt the show was undercharging the more than 580 stations that carry it, but Mr. Glass said the price would not change.
After weighing the options, Mr. Glass said, “It seemed like at this point in our show’s development there was nothing a distributor could do for us that we couldn’t do for ourselves.” Self-distribution, he added, will give the show more control over its arrangements and possibly allow it to raise and keep more money from sponsors.
Link to the rest at The New York Times and thanks to Erik for the tip.