Today we’re sharing the news that NPR is shifting its role with NPR Berlin. At NPR Berlin, NPR is currently both the content provider and the station operator. This is the only station NPR operates anywhere in the world and going forward NPR would like to focus its efforts in Berlin solely as a content provider. Update: we anticipate this change will go into effect by the end of September.
This approach opens the door for a locally-owned entity to run the station. Over the next few months, the Media Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) – the equivalent of the FCC in the Berlin-Brandenburg region of Germany – will accept and consider applications to operate the Berlin FM frequency. Once a new operator has been selected, NPR anticipates working with that local organization to continue to deliver our signature NPR programming to listeners in Berlin, a metropolitan area of approximately 4 million people.
NPR Berlin launched on April 1, 2006, to serve Berlin’s English-speaking community, including international business people, diplomats, students, and tourists. The station carries programming including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Here & Now as well as Fresh Air, On Point and 1A. Over the past decade, the station has built a loyal and passionate audience, and we look forward to finding new ways to continue to serve them.
We look forward to this new chapter in our relationship with listeners in Berlin.
Editor's note: This post was updated on August 22, 2017 to add that we anticipate this change will take effect by the end of September.