Rumors are flying in New York media that NPR's experimental Bryant Park Project will be cancelled sooner than later.
The staff may be told as early as Monday.
The off-beat newscast which was launched last October was morning news to bring a lighter 'tude, and reflecting a target 28-40 demo that wants news in new ways in the digital age. BPP is carried in the Seattle market on public ra dio's KXOT m-f, 5-8a).
The New York Observer and The New York Times were about to publish dueling features on the show, causing NPR suits to announce the plug-pulling earlier than planned.
The off-beat show ran into political problems within the NPR power structure after the departures of its champions former CEO Ken Stern, and senior veep for programming Jay Kernis, departed.
Host Alison Stewart, off on maternity leave can't confirm or deny anything except to say that rumors she's been shopping around her rèsumè are apocryphal. "Frankly all I have been doing is taking care of my newborn," she told Blatherwatch.
KIRO's Luke Burbank, Stewart's former co-host says, told BlatherWatch: "I'm sad if it's true, but I'm really out of the loop at NPR these days."
Stay tuned for further developments.