December 12, 2008

NPR Cancels 'News & Notes' Program Hosted by Farai Chideya

It saddened me to learn that the 'News & Notes' show is being cancelled by National Public Radio (NPR). News & Notes covered a wide range of issues from an African American perspective.

The one-hour daily program hosted by well-known broadcast and digital media journalist Farai Chideya was a wonderful opportunity for Black bloggers. Farai hosted a Blogger Roundtable each Wednesday as part of her program. I had pleasure of being a panelist in Nov 2007, Apr 2008, Jun 2008 and Aug 2008.

NPR claims that the show is being eliminated because of a $23 million budget shortfall. NPR, which has a staff of 889, said it will cut 85 jobs, including 21 unfilled positions. Dennis Haarsager, NPR's CEO, says that the show failed to attract “sufficient levels of audience or national underwriting necessary to sustain continued production under these tough financial circumstances.”

Here is what other Black bloggers are saying about this sad news:
  1. African American Political Pundit

  2. Can't Stop Won't Stop


  4. Jack and Jill Politics

  5. Jasmyne Cannick

  6. Maynard Institute

  7. My Urban Report

  8. Pam's House Blend

  9. Rod 2.0 Beta

  10. SES: Science, Education & Society

I'm not certain what can be done at this point. Please share any ideas that you might have in the COMMENTS section below.


Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

What a shame that "the black show" had to be the one to get the axe.

Things are getting so bad out there that it may be a matter of time before NPR goes under.

Unknown said...

KIT - Yes. I shared info in the right-hand sidebar about an online petition to save the show, but, with a $23 million deficit ... it doesn't seem likely.

SjP said...

This is very sad news - very sad indeed! If it had not been for listening to that November 2007 roundtable on which you were a panelist, I would have never investigated or started blogging.

Unknown said...

Sojourner - I didn't realize that your blog was partially inspired by that NPR show. Thanx for sharing that news with me. You made my day! As for Farai ... I hope that she has time to land well in her next media gig!