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Age Discrimination Lives

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 29, 2004 9:26 PM PST
All things weren't considered in NPR decision.
>>Last week, National Public Radio, apparently acting on the theory that if it's not broke, break it, announced that Bob Edwards was no longer its choice to host Morning Edition, the program he began, shaped and ? for the last 25 years ? informed with his intelligence, wit and grace.

Although nobody came right out and said so, it's clear that the new honchos at NPR believe the man whose voice has soothed millions of us into day after day of too much reality is, at 56, too old for the task.<<

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Not according to your article
by C1ay / March 29, 2004 9:46 PM PST
Although nobody came right out and said so, it's clear that the new honchos at NPR believe the man whose voice has soothed millions of us into day after day of too much reality is, at 56, too old for the task.

Why is it clear that is was because of his age and only because of his age? Because some columnist thinks so? There is nothing anywhere in the article to substantiate that this change was or was not because of Mr. Edwards age.

Age discrimination probably does live but your link is poor proof of it.

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Re:Not according to your article
by Josh K / March 29, 2004 10:24 PM PST
A spokeswoman for NPR said only that the change was "part of a natural evolution." She said a new host would "bring new ideas and perspectives to the show." Uh-huh.

Not iron-clad proof, I'll grant you, but "new ideas and perspectives" sounds to me like corporate code for "someone younger."
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Sounds more like...
by Edward ODaniel / March 30, 2004 1:44 AM PST

ratings are down and we need something new to attract an audience. She states "Were the ratings sinking, perhaps? They were not. Morning Edition's audience grew by 41 percent in the last five years; Edwards' is the most-listened-to morning radio program in the United States." but numerous programs lay claim to that title. Grew by 41% is rather meaningless by itself too and no base audience was given--a base audience of 1000 or even 10,000 increased by 41% still isn't much of an audience.

This is all just HER INTERPRETATION of an event and absolutely nothing indicates her interpretation is even close to correct. He is not being "let go" as would be most likely if age were indeed the factor--he is being made a senior correspondent for NPR which is an unlikely position for one considered a "has been".

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