NPR Station In Litchfield County In Ugly Ethical Fight

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\"terryLitchfield County blogger Terry Cowgill has an update on a long-running feud with Marshall Miles, the founder of a small NPR affiliate in Sharon who is running for a seat on a regional board of education:

One of our local radio stations, which brands itself as “the smallest NPR station in the nation,” has been slammed for poor ethics after its head decided to run for a regional school board seat that is often a subject of the station’s own news coverage.

\"whdd\"Cowgill and other others filed a complaint with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting about Miles. The CPB\’s ombudsman, Joel Kaplan, agreed and wrote recently that Miles\’ dual role of running for public office and presiding over a public radio station was \”a conflict of interest and it should stop.\”

The New York Times has called WHDD \”not a bad model for what truly public radio might be.\”

Over the weekend, Miles — host of \”the Breakfast Club\” on WHDD — said they ombudsman\’s report was \”not worth the paper it is written on.\”  He also said that he\’s already agreed to be careful with his on-air commentary during the campaign:

 

1) I agree NOT to editorialize on any Region 1 issue in that time frame

 

2) I agree NOT to let any comments from telephone callers on-air WHDD on any Region 1 issue during this time frame.

 

3) I agree not to promote any appearances I might have regarding campaigning for the Region One Board seat on-air during this time frame.

 

4) I agree to announce any information the Salisbury Democratic Town Committee presents me regarding their candidate for Region One Board Of  Education ( meet and greets, press releases, etc.)

 

5) I agree that if and when any guests, or telephone callers to WHDD on the Breakfast Club start to talk about Region One issues in this time frame, I will inform them that I can not comment due to my agreement with the Salisbury Democratic Town Committee, and that I can not take their call on-air.
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