Greater Media Cuts Ties With Jay Severin
April 6, 2011 at 9:15 AM (PT)
GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK (96.9 BOSTON TALKS)/BOSTON talk host JAY SEVERIN is out. The company suspended the talk show host last month (NET NEWS 3/31), and reports last week (NET NEWS 4/1) claimed the suspension was related to comments about sexual harassment.
GREATER MEDIA released the following statement:
"GREATER MEDIA TODAY ended its relationship with JAY SEVERIN. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.
JAY SEVERIN has been an important part of what we have accomplished with 96.9 WTKK-FM since its inception in 2000 and for that we are grateful and wish him well in future endeavors. Unfortunately, it had become clear at several points in the past two years that JAY was either unwilling or unable to maintain our standards on the air. It's for that reason we have made the decision to end our relationship.
In the interim, MICHAEL BOWER will be assuming the on-air duties from 2-6 each day on WTKK while we review our long-term programming plans for that time slot."