Affiliates chip in $582,000 for NPR's war coverage

March 01, 1991|By Eric Siegel

National Public Radio affiliates have contributed $582,000 to the network in the last three weeks, enabling it to continue its expanded Persian Gulf coverage "for the foreseeable future."

Even though a cease-fire has been declared, events in the region will still be a "big story in terms of the aftermath of the war," said NPR spokeswoman Mary Morgan.

Since the war began, NPR has spent nearly $500,000 on additional reporters, more satellite time and overtime at its Washington studios for Persian Gulf coverage, Ms. Morgan said.

More than 100 stations have responded to the Feb. 5 request for additional funds from NPR, which is seeking $750,000 from its affiliates and an additional $250,000 in corporate support, she said.

WJHU-FM, the local NPR affiliate, has not made a direct contribution because of its own financial constraints, said acting general manager Dennis Kita. But he said the station, which already runs the "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" news magazine programs, has purchased NPR's expanded package of hourly newscasts for "several thousand dollars," which said he hoped would help defray the cost of the network's gulf coverage.

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