On March 24, 2014, NPR's acting President & CEO Paul Haaga announced a pledge to build a transformative local/national presence in the digital environment, and bring NPR and Member Station content to audiences however they choose to listen. Following an approval by the NPR Board of Directors, NPR became the first provider of news/talk content on iTunes Radio.
We've always known that public radio is a force to be reckoned with over the airwaves. Now it's becoming clear to everyone that we are a major player in online streaming as well.
Every month, Triton Digital releases its Top 20 Ranker, which is an MRC-accredited list of the top-performing Internet audio stations and networks in the US as measured by its webcast metrics service. We're happy to announce that NPR member stations appear as #19 for June, with over 7,000 average active sessions across 88 stations being tracked. (View the entire list.) This is a big deal, because the Triton Top 20 Ranker is like the New York Times Best Seller List of Internet audio.
After three fun-filled years as the host of this great SoundExchange reporting party, I'm sad to say that I will be leaving NPR Digital Services at the end of this week. My last day here will be this Friday, June 29th.
(Un)fortunately, just because I'm leaving doesn't mean the SoundExchange party will end! Your reporting will continue to work just like it has been, at least through the end of 2015. The only difference will be you'll now have a different SoundExchange contact person here at Digital Services.
Starting October 1, 2012 (with the Q4 2012 reports) NPR Digital Services will charge all stations covered by the CPB-SoundExchange Webcasting Agreement an annual fee for SoundExchange reporting services. The amount of the fee, and invoicing timing and method, will depend on the station affiliation.
By Bob Kempf, VP, NPR Digital Services & Bruce Theriault, Senior VP, CPB
Since 2009, NPR Digital Services (formerly Public Interactive) has served as the reporting agency for public broadcasters covered by the CPB-SoundExchange Webcasting Agreement.
Under the terms of the agreement, CPB pays the fees for the royalties, and public radio stations covered under the agreement report their streaming music usage. CPB will pay these royalties to SoundExchange until the current agreement expires on December 31, 2015.