NPR Bans Hosts from Bob Edwards XM Show
Bob Edwards , the longtime “Morning Edition” host who was booted amid much controversy last year from National Public Radio, says he’s still getting static from his former employer. Edwards is furious because NPR barred his old colleague Scott Simon , host of “Weekend Morning Edition,” from appearing on his XM Satellite Radio show last week to promote a book. “This is clearly just pettiness directed at me,” Edwards told us yesterday. “It baffles me that they are going to these petty extremes, especially when I am still an outspoken supporter of public radio and NPR specifically.”
NPR cites a policy against its talent appearing on “competitive” shows. “This is not as dramatic as Bob Edwards would have you believe,” network spokeswoman Andi Sporkin told us yesterday. “We see as competitive any host or anchor getting on any other talk show.” Edwards was set to interview Simon on April 25 when NPR execs abruptly informed Simon that he had to cancel. “Mine is the only program that Scott is banned from being on,” Edwards said. “He can do all other media outlets.”
Quite bizarre. It’s hardly unusual for major media figures to appear on news shows on other networks. Larry King, Charlie Rose, and others routinely interview anchors and other prominent personalities. Usually, the only ones viewed as “competitors” are those whose shows air during the same time slot.