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CBS, MSNBC suspend talk show host Don Ismus
2007-04-09 12:35:46 Xinhua English

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhuanet) -- CBS Radio and MSNBC on Monday announced the two-week suspension of morning talk show host Don Imus for racist remarks he made about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. The suspension begins next Monday.

Imuscontinued to apologize Monday, both on his show and on Rev. Al Sharpton'ssyndicated radio program. The Rev. Jesse Jackson saidImus' suspensions would not halt the protests.

"This is a two-week cooling off period," Jackson said. "It does not challenge the character of the show, its political impact, or the impact that these comments have had on our society."

Imus could be in real danger if the outcry causes advertisers to shy away from him, said Tom Taylor, editor of the trade publication Inside Radio. The National Organization for Women is also seeking Imus' ouster.

Imus' radio show originates from WFAN in New York City and is syndicated nationally by Westwood One, both of which are managed by CBS. The show reached an estimated 361,000 viewers on MSNBC in the first three months of the year, up 39 percent from last year. That's the best competitive position it has ever achieved against CNN (372,000 viewers).

Imus was mostly contrite in his appearance with Sharpton, although the activist did not change his opinionImus should be fired. At one point Imus seemed incredulous at Sharpton's suggestionhe might walk away from the incident unscathed.

(Agencies)

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