Ken Stern, former NPR c.e.o., says pubradio should shed federal support

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In a new interview, former NPR C.E.O. Ken Stern tells Newsmax TV, a conservative media outlet, that public radio would be better off without federal support.

Stern said that the small amount of governmental support the network receives “draws an enormous cost in terms of credibility, focus and the efforts they have to do to maintain that support.”

“With that relatively modest funding,” he added, “they’d be smart to actually think carefully about going on their own with corporate, individual, institutional and foundation support.”

Stern noted that his experience was in public radio, and he couldn’t address the specifics of PBS funding.

Stern became c.e.o. at NPR in 2006, moving up from chief operating officer, and departed in 2008.

  • ChasInNJ

    Newsmax is a right-wing outfit. The weasel word “conservative” conceals their true purpose.