NPR ponders its future

From Slate:

A slow-moving bureaucracy. An antiquated business model. A horde of upstart competitors. Can National Public Radio survive?

Well, it probably shouldn’t.

Today, Nuzum belongs to a club you could call the NPR apostates—onetime servants of public radio who parted ways with the organization and entered the private sector amid frustrations over how NPR and its member stations were approaching the future of the industry. In addition to Nuzum—whose Audible project launched in beta last week—other prominent members include Alex Blumberg, who founded the podcasting startup Gimlet Media, and Adam Davidson, who is an investor in Gimlet and an adviser to a new digital audio unit at the New York Times.More.

Reality check: The basic idea is out of date. They would just have to be something different. But they don’t want to be something different.

Outfits like NPR got started at a time when the public did not have access to a broad range of media.

History. We can read the Providence Journal, Hurriyet, and the South China Morning Post if we want to.

The post office-level bureaucratic sludge is only a symptom, not a cause—as it is with the post office.

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  • Ron MacDonald

    It’s a shame the CBC isn’t doing the same.