Public radio host Lisa Simeone Thursday confirmed a report published here and elsewhere that she was fired Wednesday by the public radio series "Soundprint."
The firing came as a result of what "Soundprint' executives saw an an ethical violation by Simeone for her work as a spokeswoman with October 2011, one of the groups involved in the Occupy D.C. movement.
But Simeone also found support Thursday from another employer, North Carolina classical station WDAV, producer of the "World of Opera" show for which the Baltimore broadcaster serves as a freelance host.
"As host of World of Opera, Lisa Simeone is an independent contractor of WDAV Classical Public Radio," Lisa Gray, a station spokesperson, wrote on WDAV's website. "Ms. Simeone’s activities outside of this job are not in violation of any of WDAV’s employee codes and have had no effect on her job performance at WDAV. Ms. Simeone remains the host of World of Opera."
"We continue to work with NPR to find a solution to the issues surrounding World of Opera, and we’ll publish any updates here," Gray's statement added.
That means the support is for now. NPR could still choose not to distibute the show to its stations. And some of the stations could choose on their own not to carry it.
Simeone blasted National Public Radio in an email response Wednesday night to questions from the Sun about NPR saying it was looking into her October 2011 activities. But she declined to respond to questions about whether or not she had been fired.
On Thursday, the Baltimore broadcaster confirmed her firing from Soundprint to the Associated Press.
A public radio source told the Sun Wednesday night that "Soundprint," a documentary series that is carried on NPR member stations but not produced by NPR, believes that she violated its ethics code by serving as spokeswoman for October 2011. Simeone says the "Soundprint" executive who fired her cited the NPR ethics code in explaining his actions.
NPR, meanwhile, has been distancing itself from Simeone while laying the decision as to whether or not she should be fired from "World of Opera" at WDAV's door step.
Again, NPR does not produce "World of Opera," but its members stations carry it. And the politics of NPR have been a topic of much discussion since its firing of Juan Williams last year for a statement the journalist made on Fox News about his feelings toward some people he pereceived to be Muslims.
In an email response to the Sun Wednesday, Simeone questioned what she saw as a double standard in the way NPR was reviewing her activities while it gave what she sees as a free pass to such big-name correspondents and show hosts as Mara Liaason, Cokie Roberts and Scott Simon.
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