WGBH in Boston announced Thursday that it has finalized plans to acquire the international news website GlobalPost.
The acquisition of the Boston-based outlet is intended to bolster the international reporting of WGBH’s Public Radio International. According to PRI spokesperson Julia Yager, nine GlobalPost staffers — the “majority” of the website’s team — will be offered jobs with PRI and will contribute to PRI.org and PRI’s The World, the weekday public radio news show. Some of GlobalPost’s reporters have already been appearing on The World.
GlobalPost’s website lists 13 staffers, as well as correspondents.
“PRI and GlobalPost joining forces will create one of the most influential, in-depth digital global news platforms,” said Alisa Miller, president and c.e.o. of PRI, in a press release.
GlobalPost’s website will redirect to PRI.org, but the GlobalPost brand will continue as a series of digital and broadcast features, according to PRI spokesperson Julia Yager. For example, The World will feature a GlobalPost segment and email newsletter.
The organizations plan to close the deal in early November. The transition from GlobalPost to PRI will begin afterward, though GlobalPost reporters may continue to appear on The World in the interim.
When the deal is finalized, Philip Balboni, founder, president and c.e.o. of GlobalPost, will serve as a strategic advisor to PRI. Financial details of the deal will not be released when the deal is finalized, according to WGBH.
GlobalPost was founded in 2009, according to its website. Balboni previously founded and served as president of New England Cable News, a regional news network.