NPR Says ‘Au Revoir’ to News and Notes, Day to Day

Following in the footsteps of Viacom, Conde Nast, Time Inc. and several media companies before them, NPR yesterday announced the cancellation of LA-based shows News and Notes and Day to Day, while cutting 7 percent of their workforce (64 filled and 21 unfilled positions). In a letter to staff, President and CEO Dana Haarsager sited the reasons for canceling both shows as a result of not attracting sufficient listeners and obtaining necessary underwriting to sustain production. It’s unfortunate, considering the fact that News and Notes was one of only two shows on NPR that focused on issues of diversity and Day to Day was the only show geared toward a young listeners (since the death of the Bryant Park Project earlier this year).

News and Notes host Farai Chideya (left) was a pioneer in telling stories of people of color across every genre, both young and old. They were also one of the first shows on NPR to embrace the digital world by posting video versions of their interviews online, further expanding the presence of NPR content to a new audience.
For some reason I have a hard time believing that News and Notes had a hard time gaining listeners, though. Perhaps there was just not enough room for News and Notes AND Tell Me More with Michel Martin (another show geared toward a similar audience, but with a more mainstream appeal). Who knows, but I am sad to see both shows go. Final broadcast will be March 20, 2009.
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