Originally created 06/18/97

Monitor Radio sale falls through



BOSTON (AP) - Monitor Radio, the Christian Science Church's service that supplies in-depth news to public radio listeners across the country, will go off the air June 27 because an effort to sell it fell through.

The church, which also owns the Christian Science Monitor newspaper, had announced in April that it planned to sell the 13-year-old radio service.

World Times, the publisher of an international news supplement, had said earlier this month that it would buy Monitor Radio if enough public radio stations agreed to sign on to its service0 But that didn't happen.

World Times had planned to provide public radio stations with an in-depth news magazine similar to Monitor Radio's current format, produced by the newspaper's staff.

"We were really working against the clock," World Times President Crocker Snow Jr. said Monday. "The level of enthusiasm station managers had for the project was encouraging, but because of timing, a number of key stations had made other binding commitments for July 1."

Monitor Radio's programs are carried on more than 200 public radio stations and are heard by 1.1 million listeners each week. That makes it the second-largest provider of public radio news programming in the United States, after National Public Radio.

"We appreciate all the stations who worked with us on the effort to sell Monitor Radio," said David Cook, editor of the Christian Science Monitor and Monitor Radio.

World Times Inc. publishes The World Paper, a supplement to newspapers in 26 countries. It is partly owned by Boston-based International Data Group Inc., publisher of Macworld, Computerworld and PC World magazines. It has no religious affiliation.