PRI Fact Sheet
For over 28 years, Americans have identified PRI as the source of news, information and cultural insights essential to understanding our interconnected world. On almost 900 radio stations across the U.S. and on digital platforms that reach millions around the globe, PRI continues to innovate in bringing new voices, global journalism and cultural perspectives to the American public. Through partnerships with trusted media leaders like the BBC, the CBC, the New York Times and others, PRI develops solutions to address the critical but unmet needs of today’s media consumers. PRI helps people understand their place in the world and make informed decisions every day by enabling them to "hear a different voice™."
To serve audiences as a distinctive content source for information, insights and cultural experiences essential to living in our diverse, interconnected world.
You can find PRI audio and digital content on the radio, on the web and on your mobile devices. PRI shows are heard on over 880 public radio affiliate stations and on Sirius XM Satellite radio by over 13.9 million. On digital platforms, millions read PRI articles, listen to PRI audio and interact with us on numerous websites, streams, in iTunes, on our iPhone and Android apps and on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. PRI content can also be found in apps like Flipboard. We are constantly working to make our content accessible to all who want it, where and when they want it.
PRI distributes more than 280 hours of weekly content that includes a wide variety of news, entertainment and classical offerings. Some of PRI's most recognized, award-winning programs and services are:
Talk, Entertainment & Music
Bob Edwards Weekend
Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?
Q with Jian Ghomeshi
Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC®
This American Life
Sirius XM Radio
American Public Media
John Diliberto and Kimberly Haas
Wisconsin Public Radio
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
PRI and WNYC Radio
Chicago Public Radio
Total FY2011 revenues were $23.7 million with support provided by station fees, corporate underwriting and grants from individuals and foundations. Major underwriters include Medtronic, Scion, Amazon and Reputation.com. Foundation support is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation and more.
PRI was established in 1983 to develop distinctive programming and to diversify the public radio offering. Originally known as American Public Radio, PRI changed its name to Public Radio International in 1994 to mark its new position as a source for international broadcast news information. In 1996 PRI launched PRI's "The World®," public media's first global news program, and "Classical 24," a 24-hour classical music service. In 2001 it premiered "Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC," a weekly guide to pop culture and the arts, and in 2008, launched "The Takeaway," a groundbreaking morning-drive news show co-produced with WNYC Radio in collaboration with the BBC World Service, the "New York Times" and WGBH Radio Boston.