Apr 16, 2008

Pope's UN address live on Religion & Ethics

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly will offer live coverage and analysis of the Pope's address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, to be broadcast on the digital channel PBS World. The public affairs program, based in D.C. and produced by WNET in New York, has been airing special reports on the Pope's U.S. visit.

Radio host ousted for anti-marijuana advocacy

Community radio station KZYX in Mendocino County, Calif., has ousted a newspaper editor from her weekly public affairs program because of her on-air advocacy, reports the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. K.C. Meadows, editor of the Ukiah Daily Journal, has helped lead a citizen campaign to repeal the county's liberal laws on personal marijuana use. The issue is on the June primary election ballot, and Meadows' advocacy violated KZYX's policy to provide a non-partisan forum, according to the station.

WYPR board meeting dissolves amidst a chorus of boos

The WYPR board of directors abruptly adjourned its public meeting yesterday after Chair Barbara Bozzuto declared the firing of former talk show host Marc Steiner "will not be undone." Steiner's supporters, who packed the meeting room of a Baltimore church, booed her down, according to the Save WYPR blog and Baltimore Sun.

WQED helps create Bermuda pubTV

WQED in Pittsburgh is helping Bermuda develop its first public television station, Community Information TV, run by the Government of Bermuda. CITV, which first went on the air in October 2007, offers public affairs, culture, history, science and health shows, produced with assistance from WQED staff. Go to CITV's website here.