American Public Media to Cancel Word for Word

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American Public Media to Cancel Word for Word

(St. Paul, Minn.) July 15, 2008—American Public Media is cancelling Word for Word, effective August 8, 2008.

For the last two years, Word for Word has provided listeners with the very best of the nation’s speeches from several notable institutions. While American Public Media believes in the importance of Word for Word to bring these speeches to its audiences, American Public Media is continuously evaluating all of its activities, programs and services to determine where it makes the greatest impact and how it achieves its long-term strategic goals.

“American Public Media’s accountability to our audiences is the principle guide in our decision-making,” said American Public Media COO Jon McTaggart. “A big part of that accountability is spending all of our resources effectively and efficiently.

“Despite our best efforts, the program has not gained significant station carriage,” said McTaggart.