“Here & Now,’’ a weekday news program produced by WBUR in Boston and hosted by Robin Young, will be expanded from one hour to two hours in July, and Young will be joined by Jeremy Hobson as a co-host as the show looks to attract a wider audience, WBUR said Friday.
As a result of that move, “Fresh Air,’’ a 60-minute public radio program that WBUR currently broadcasts at 1 p.m., will be moved 2 p.m. “Talk of the Nation,’’ an NPR call-in show that WBUR now airs at 2 p.m., is ending production at the end of June.
“Talk of the Nation’’ currently airs on 407 public radio stations nationwide while “Here & Now’’ can be heard on 182. The expectation is that more stations will pick up “Here & Now’’ when “Talk of the Nation’’ goes off the air.
“Here & Now’s’’ expanded role is the result of a “new relationship’’ between WBUR and NPR, said WBUR, which added that “Here & Now’s’’ current staff is likely to grow from 11 to 17. All but one of those staffers is expected to be based in Boston. The show’s expansion was prompted by “growing demand for news programming throughout the middle of the broadcast day, between ‘Morning Edition’ (5 a.m. – 9 a.m.) and ‘All Things Considered’ (4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)’’ WBUR said.
Working from New York, Hobson is currently host of “Marketplace Morning Report,’’ a show that airs on many NPR affiliated radio stations.
“WBUR is pleased to forge this unique relationship with NPR, redefining how the network and a public radio station can work together to better serve listeners,’’ Charlie Kravetz, WBUR general manager, said in a statement. “We are exceedingly proud of Robin Young and the entire team at ‘Here & Now.’ It is their exceptional work that has created the opportunity for WBUR and NPR to collaborate on this new venture.’’
“Here & Now’’ debuted in 1997, and Young became its host in 2000, WBUR said.