NPR Drops Distribution Of 'World Of Opera' Over Host's Role In Protest
October 24, 2011 at 4:21 AM (PT)
The other show has dropped in the LISA SIMEONE case, as NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO has dropped distribution of the independently-produced opera show she hosts. "WORLD OF OPERA," produced by WDAV/CHARLOTTE, was dropped after the controversy triggered by the host's assumption of spokesperson duties for a group, "OCTOBER 2011," involved in the "OCCUPY D.C." protest.
SIMEONE was fired THURSDAY as host of the NPR documentary series "SOUNDPRINT." After the controversy hit (NET NEWS 10/20), WDAV decided to keep SIMEONE as host of the opera show, and NPR informed member stations in a FRIDAY evening statement that it would drop the show, with WDAV taking over distribution, effective NOVEMBER 11th.
A statement from WDAV said that "listeners' experience of the show will be unchanged: WORLD OF OPERA will continue to feature the same high-quality operas from European and American opera houses, and LISA SIMEONE will continue as host."