NPR's Jarl Mohn Talks About Diversity With The New York Times
June 30, 2014 at 4:18 AM (PT)
Incoming NPR CEO JARL MOHN discussed the network's need for diversity with THE NEW YORK TIMES this weekend, telling the paper that diversity is important to NPR's success and citing the experience of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO News-Talk KPCC in sharply increasing Latino audiences with the show "TAKE TWO," hosted by veteran sports host A MARTINEZ and ALEX COHEN.
MOHN, the veteran radio and TV programmer and an executive at KPCC before his appointment to the network post, said that the lesson he took from the show was that NPR needs to broaden its hiring to increase its audience's diversity. "People from different walks of life have different points of view," MOHN said.
He also noted that while he was not part of the decision to cancel the African American-community-targeted "TELL ME MORE," the move was "probably right ... diversity has to make sense in the business context." He added, "If we see diversity and a diverse organization as our green vegetable that we have to eat, that's not success."
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