Don Imus – Free speech or not?
I never cared for Don Imus, but the point here is that his show was canceled due to a remark about the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team.
What will his regular listeners tune into now?
Was his freedom of speech violated?
Funny how politics and money seem to dictate what you get to listen to.
CBS cancels Don Imus radio show
Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:08PM EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – CBS Corp. said on Thursday it will permanently cancel Don Imus’ morning radio talk program, bowing to public and financial pressure over the shock jock’s racist and sexist comments.
“From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent,” CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in a statement.
CBS said the cancellation of “Imus in the Morning” is effective immediately. The move comes a day after NBC Universal pulled its MSNBC simulcast of the show.
“Imus in the Morning” was carried on 61 stations across the United States.
Imus was CBS’s best known radio host since the loss of Howard Stern to Sirius Satellite Radio last year. He brought about $15 million in annual advertising and syndication fees to CBS Radio, a source close to his show said.
But advertisers including General Motors Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. have pulled their commercials, unwilling to be associated with Imus because of his reference to members of the basketball team as “nappy-headed hos” on his April 4 show.
CBS initially decided to suspend Imus for two weeks starting next Monday, but pressure increased when MSNBC decided to drop its broadcast of Imus in the Morning. MSNBC had been paying CBS about $3.5 million to simulcast the show, the source close to the show said.