MSNBC today announced they will be ending their relationship with radio talk show host, Don Imus, effective immediately over his racially inflammatory remarks he used to describe the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
Imus in the Morning is simulcast on MSNBC (where it attracts about 400,000 viewers, a fraction of the roughly 3 million listeners to the radio program).
“Effective immediately, MSNBC will no longer simulcast the ‘Imus in the Morning’ radio program,” according to a statement from NBC News, which oversees the cable news network. “This decision comes as a result of an ongoing review process, which initially included the announcement of a suspension. It also takes into account many conversations with our own employees.”
“What matters to us most is that the men and women of NBC Universal have confidence in the values we have set for this company,” the network says. “This is the only decision that makes that possible. Once again, we apologize to the women of the Rutgers basketball team and to our viewers. We deeply regret the pain this incident has caused.”
CBS Radio, which owns WFAN where Imus broadcasts from, had recently suspended the talk show host for two weeks without pay (effective this coming Monday). The company have not decided if they will take further action against Imus.
Source: [NBC Universal]