NPR to launch show hosted by Ed Gordon

December 22, 2004|By Elizabeth Jensen | Elizabeth Jensen,LOS ANGELES TIMES

NEW YORK - Moving swiftly to replace departed talk show host Tavis Smiley, National Public Radio said it will launch a new daily public affairs program aimed at the black community with journalist Ed Gordon as host.

News and Notes With Ed Gordon will start in late January.

Gordon, who, like Smiley, previously hosted an evening show on the BET cable network, will be based in New York, where he is also a contributing correspondent for CBS News' 60 Minutes. Gordon will have a yet-to-be-named co-host on the West Coast.

After two years with NPR, Smiley left last week, saying the broadcaster "has simply failed to meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans."

Gordon and the African American Public Radio Consortium had been talking about a show for more than a year, well before Smiley left. Gordon, known for in-depth interviews, said yesterday that he wants his new show to be "as broad as possible, from politics to pop culture."

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