Magazine article The Quill

NPR Raises Eyebrows by Selling Wall Space

Magazine article The Quill

NPR Raises Eyebrows by Selling Wall Space

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While National Public Radio is banned by law from selling its airwaves, it's going ahead with plans to farm out space on the side of its building that faces the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

According to an NPR memo obtained by The Washington Post, the public radio network recently inked a contract with an outdoor advertising agency to display advertisements on the east wall of its seven-story headquarters at Massachusetts Avenue and Seventh Street NW in Washington.

"This is an arrangement that creates revenue for NPR and allows us to enhance our services while reducing reliance on member-station contributions" and government funding, Celeste James, an NPR spokeswoman, told The Washington Post on Feb. 7. "There is nothing morally or ethically wrong with this arrangement."

But The Post said that NPR's recent business move has given others a sense of 11 creeping commercialism" at the 30-yearold public radio network. …

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