Boston, MA (May 16, 2023) – GBH News is transforming its broadcast line-up by developing new programming, reinforcing its commitment to deliver even more local content across multiple platforms. This transformation will include expanded coverage of the region’s vibrant arts and culture scene. As part of this shift, the highly respected television show Open Studio will come to an end on June 2 in order to make way for the GBH team to increase arts and culture coverage in different formats and on more platforms including audio and video on radio,, YouTube and others.

“We are very lucky to be able to build upon the success of Open Studio and the talent and ongoing commitment to arts in the region that Jared Bowen has exemplified over the years,” said Pam Johnston, general manager of GBH News. “GBH News is uniquely positioned to elevate our excellent culture unit to present original, timely, distinctive, and diverse local arts stories and conversations. We will be tapping into our entire GBH News Culture team as well as other GBH talent whose work is at the intersection of culture and local news.”

Open Studio has been a fixture of the Boston community for many years, covering the arts in an unparalleled way. We’ve had the privilege of showcasing the depth and breadth of Boston’s incredible arts and culture scene through Jared’s eyes,” said GBH President and CEO Susan Goldberg. “We will be building on that strength as well as on GBH’s long legacy as a leader in culture content. GBH continues to be deeply committed to covering the local scene.”

“We look forward to keeping access to the arts front and center,” said Jared Bowen, Executive Arts Editor and host of Open Studio. “There’s always more we want to cover. I’m delighted to see GBH deepen its historic commitment to arts and culture.”

Also, beginning June 4, Stories from the Stage, a long-running GBH and WORLD series, will be transformed into a weekly, hour-long radio show. Hosted by Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard, Stories from the Stage offers tales of love and loss, amazing adventures, incredible surprises and unexpected triumphs from ordinary people. The show will air on Sunday Nights at 7 p.m. on GBH 89.7.

And, as happens every summer, both Basic Black and Greater Boston will be on hiatus beginning June 23, 2023, returning in the early fall.

The Takeaway, a show produced by WNYC, is ending its run on June 2, 2023. The show, which currently airs weekdays at 2 p.m., will be replaced by the second hour of 1A, a WAMU production which airs its first hour on 89.7 at 10 a.m.

“GBH News continues to evolve and change, putting the needs of our audience first.” Johnston said. “We are dedicated to developing new programming aimed at engaging and informing our expanding audience and will continue to focus on a multiplatform strategy, spotlighting the local stories that matter most to our community.“

About GBH News
GBH News is among the fastest-growing local news providers in Greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multiplatform newsroom that includes GBH 89.7, television; and digital reporting. The GBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for higher education, politics, innovation and investigations as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with The World from PRX and The GroundTruth Project. GBH News partners with CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station; and New England Public Media in western Massachusetts to connect the Commonwealth with trusted journalism. GBH News maintains bureaus at the Massachusetts State House; Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood; and Worcester. The Forum Network, part of GBH News, collects thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers and community leaders and makes them available online to the public for free.