Friday, March 7, 2008

geography is meaningless

The argument I made earlier in the week, that part of the collapse of newspapers is due to the lack of geography on the Internet, has apparently cost the head of National Public Radio his job, forced out by member stations threatened by his digital strategy:

But that push has aggravated anxiety among local stations about their relationship to the network. NPR member stations rely heavily on popular shows, particularly Morning Edition, to generate donations. But if people can listen to them through NPR's Web site or even their own cell phones, why would they stay loyal to stations still reliant on pledge drives?

It's a damn good question, one that every member station needs to answer by making their content unique, not by forcing out the guy who's having success moving radio forward.