Apr 2, 2004

Jay Kernis, NPR's senior v.p. of programming, will answer questions about Bob Edwards' reassignment in a live chat on NPR's website, Monday at 1 p.m. EDT.
Bill Marimow, incoming managing editor at NPR, tells the Buffalo News he wants to stress "excellent reporting, investigative and enterprise stories and in-depth work" at his new job.
Queen Elizabeth, among others, has signed off on the hiring of Michael Grade as BBC chairman, the London Telegraph reported today. Grade, a former BBC program exec, spent eight years at semi-public Channel 4, earning the nickname "Michael de-Grade" for his racy program choices. Both BBC's chairman and its director general resigned in the Iraq reporting scandal. [Washington Post report.]
The organizer of the "Save Bob!" petition is now urging Bob's backers to boycott NPR underwriters. He also wants them to ask lawmakers to cut NPR's funding and limit underwriting credit language. Columnist Ellen Goodman calls Edwards' removal a "wake-up call" to an aging America. Another columnist says NPR "is acting like any other big, powerful, dumb, clumsy, unfeeling, implacable, stonewalling, soulless bureaucracy." And at KUER-FM in Salt Lake City, Morning Edition is bringing in half its usual on-air fundraising take.