John & Ken Protesters Demand More Diversity At KFI
February 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM (PT)
Before CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES afternoon hosts JOHN & KEN returned to the air YESTERDAY after being suspended for an incendiary remark about WHITNEY HOUSTON (NET NEWS, 2/16 and 2/28), the duo and station management met with black community leaders and apologized for their remarks. However, the community leaders did not use the meeting to call for JOHN & KEN's jobs; the L.A. TIMES reports that they demanded the station hire more minorities on-air and behind the scenes.
"KFI has 14 shows, and 13 of them are hosted by white men," activist and communications strategist JASMYNE CANNICK said. "There are no blacks in their newsroom. This fosters an environment where insensitive comments like this can happen. And they are not living up to [parent company] CLEAR CHANNEL's statement of a commitment to diversity."
The protest group claimed that KFI would present them with a plan to "improve the station's diversity" within 72 hours. For his part, JOHN KOBYLT told the TIMES via e-mail that "our show will remain committed to covering all the issues in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and that will never change. However, sometimes in the heat of the moment, we go too far, and that is something we will change."