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NPR cancels ‘News and Notes’ black radio program

December 14, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

farai_chideya.jpgNational Public Radio has canceled “News and Notes,” a black radio program hosted by with Farai Chideya out of Los Angeles.

Chideya posted the news herself on her Facebook page, saying she “just got notice that News and Notes, the NPR show she’s hosting, has been cancelled.”

Chideya says the program will produce shows until March 20, 2009 but there was no indication as to how long the shows would air on the network after that date. She also posted a personal message: “I LOVE our audience and staff.”

The departure of “News and Notes” leaves the network with no specifically black programming, according to one media analyst. Although the network continues to produce “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin, who is African American, that show is described as not black-centered.

Chideya, a veteran multimedia journalist, has worked in print, television, online, and radio for years. She has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women’s channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET.

She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1990.

  1. December 15, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    And I love ‘News and Notes’ and will miss it when it’s gone! This is not one I would’ve cut from NPR programming but they didn’t ask my advice – I’d like to know how much money they’ll be saving (or not spending) from discontinuing this informative and interesting program which promotes the public discourse. jude

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