One day after MSNBC announced that they would no longer simulcast the Imus in the Morning show and numerous sponsors pulled their ads, CBS announced that Imus will no longer be on the air. CBS President & CEO Les Moonves and other execs have spent the last several days meeting with people of different races and economic groups. The discussion of the negative language with those groups as well as many emails and phone calls led to the decision.
In a statement (available on Radio Ink) Moonves said, “I want to thank all those who came to see us to express their views. We are now presented with a significant opportunity to expand on our record on issues of diversity, race and gender. We intend to seize that opportunity as we move forward together.” Imus was originally supposed to have a two-week suspension beginning 4/16 – ironically the same day he would have returned to the Pittsburgh airwaves via 1550 AM WURP.