What happens with financial returns from pubradio’s biggest shows?

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As discussions of public radio’s federal funding continue, AOL’s DailyFinanceblog looks at the finances and talent compensation for top national shows such as Morning Edition, and Fresh Air, This American Life. Net earnings from each of the programs, all of which are produced by nonprofit public media companies, may be reinvested in the show itself or redirected to other operations, AOL’s Jonathan Beer reports. For two years during recession, for example, revenues from This American Life covered other operating losses at producing station WBEZ Chicago, spokesman Daniel Ash explains. “However, moving forward, there is no expectation that TAL revenues will underwrite any other…initiative.”