Tuesday, November 30, 2004


Tavis Smiley leaving NPR

As a further sign of the deterioration of public broadcasting in the U.S., Tavis Smiley has decided not to continue his daily talk show. According to Reuters—
Smiley criticized NPR for what he characterized as its failure to "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply don't know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future."

The launch of "The Tavis Smiley Show" was designed in part for NPR and its member stations to reach out to minority listeners. An NPR spokesman said the company will launch a nationwide search for a replacement host.

Who will it be? Alan Keyes? Kenneth Blackwell of Ohio?

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