'The Takeaway' receives major CPB grant for second year of groundbreaking content in morning drive
MINNEAPOLIS, June 16, 2009 — Public Radio International (PRI) announces that it has received a $1.3 million renewal grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to support the second year of "The Takeaway," an innovative morning drive news show produced by PRI and WNYC, New York Public Radio in partnership with BBC World Service, the "New York Times" and WGBH Radio Boston. Presented live throughout morning drive, "The Takeaway" delivers the news of the day in a dynamic, conversational style that is broadening and diversifying the public radio news audience. This is the second award from CPB for the show's on-air and online content and related community-based initiatives.
PRI President and CEO Alisa Miller says, "We are very proud that CPB has renewed its support for 'The Takeaway.' This generous award affirms the show's ambitious goals of diversifying and growing the public radio news audience. With it, we can continue to expand 'The Takeaway's' delivery of outstanding global journalism, unique cultural perspectives and diverse voices to the American public."
Laura Walker, president and CEO of WNYC, says, "At a time when the business model for supporting solid journalism is undergoing significant challenges, we are gratified that the CPB has chosen to continue its support for 'The Takeaway.' CPB's commitment will enable 'The Takeaway' to continue its growth as a platform for serious news, rigorous analysis and lively, inclusive debate among a broader range of Americans."
"'The Takeaway,'" says Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB, "in addition to being compelling and participatory, affirms that public media belongs to the people — not just some of the people, but all of the people. This grant will ensure the program is able to build on both diversity and dialogue."
Hosted by John Hockenberry with guest journalists, "The Takeaway" is aired and streamed online by 42 PRI affiliate stations nationwide. Major support for "The Takeaway" is provided by Liberty Mutual and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Freeman Foundation and the Starr Foundation.
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