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WPFW Suspends Some Programming Changes

The continuing saga of WPFW's controversial programming overhaul takes a sharp twist today: General Manager John Hughes has suspended some of the changes to WPFW's programming grid.

Following yesterday's resignation of Interim Programming Director Bobby Hill, Hughes told WPFW staffers this morning that he will seek out a replacement for Hill. Once that staffer is in place, a new program evaluation process will be created and implemented.

The programs that were supposed to begin this week but are now suspended include Tell Me More, Smiley and West, The Tavis Smiley Show, and The Takeaway. Sojourner Truth aired yesterday and will air later today, but it will be off the air after that.

Hughes told WPFW staffers that the suspensions are temporary—and perhaps necessary, as WPFW hasn't set up an account through the distribution service ContentDepot yet, according to one staffer.

Tony Norman, the chair of WPFW's listener-elected Local Station Board, confirmed the suspensions. He said an LSB meeting scheduled for tomorrow won't take place; instead, there will be a public meeting with the LSB and Hughes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Howard University School of Architecture.

I bet it'll be a wild one.

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