by New York magazine The New York City public radio station WNYC has decided to cancel the program on which it hosts a weekly show.
The decision comes as the news organization struggles to find new ways to attract and retain its audience, and as the Wall St. Journal has become a major source of news for listeners of the program.
WNYS announced the decision to cancel on its website, noting the decision would be “part of our continuing efforts to create a more diverse and open platform for the New Yorker.”
“Our hope is that by having this decision announced and made public, the public will be able to more fully understand the challenges that we face and the opportunities that we are seeking to create,” WNYT host and WNYU-affiliated producer Sarah Leinonen told the New Republic.
Leinonen said that while the news program has long been known for being “a place for real journalism, and a place for honest and frank discussion, we are also committed to an environment that is open and welcoming to all, including people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.”
“We’re going to continue to listen to what the community is telling us, as well as listen to all perspectives on what we’re covering, and will continue to strive to tell the stories that matter,” she added.
It remains to be seen if WNYCs decision will have a significant impact on other news organizations.
On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the WSJ had dropped the show, citing a “very serious financial crisis” that forced it to take a hit.
In an interview with NPR on Wednesday, WNYN producer Rebecca Mays said that WNYW had been looking for ways to make money for a few years now.
“We were really, really struggling financially,” she said.
“And we were really struggling to find an outlet to do that, so we looked for other ways to try to make some money.”
As of December 31, the WSJD reported $1.8 million in revenue, but a total of $1 million in debt.
This story was updated at 2:03 p.m. to clarify that WYNN had declined the program and that WXPN had been dropped as well.