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NPR begins broadcasting from new $201M facility

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 15 2013 12:21 p.m. MDT

The new headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) on North Capitol Street in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013. NPR moved to a new headquarters facility with all digital equipment in Washington and is leaving its analog radio gear behind. The public radio network began broadcasting Saturday from its new home nine blocks north of the Capitol. NPR is consolidating its staff in one massive building after being spread across several sites for years.

Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — NPR is moving to a new $201 million headquarters with all digital equipment in Washington, leaving its analog radio gear behind.

The public radio network began broadcasting Saturday from its new home nine blocks north of the Capitol. NPR is consolidating its staff in one building after being spread across several sites for years.

Its flagship shows "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition" will migrate to the new facility over the next week.

NPR says the new facility was designed to accommodate the network's evolution from a radio broadcaster to a multimedia operation. It includes a two-story newsroom where news, music and digital staff work together. Studios were designed with public viewing areas.

NPR also has 17 foreign bureaus, 17 U.S. bureaus and a studio in Culver City, Calif.

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