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Hijacker still on iPNB Ferguson
threatens to wreck Pacifica

From: Bob Lederer
Wednesday, February 06, 2002 3:55 PM
Subject: Ferguson repeats threat against Pacifica in NPR story

I found this on the WBAI Goodlights Board, posted by someone I don't know. After listening to the audio file of the NPR report, I would say it is an accurate summary.

Bob Lederer


Mike S.
Ferguson repeats threat against Pacifica in NPR story
Tue Feb 5 18:06:04 2002

For Real Audio file, see http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/me/20020205.me.08.ram

This morning, NPR reported on the listeners and producers who took back Pacifica and on the $4 millionbudget deficit created by the hijackers (40% of general revenues, including 1/2 million in golden parachutes for former execs). Notably, the minority Board members continue to threaten to take back the network and to bring their case to the FCC. This is the same tactic former Board member John Murdock suggested they could take in Newsday. [posted here]

The NPR reporter says that "Meanwhile [Board member] James Ferguson and other members of the ousted majority who still hold seats on Pacifica's Board say they'll fight to regain control of the network. They say they may challenge Pacifica's broadcast licenses before the Federal Communications Commission if the new regime makes too many changes."

Ferguson also says, "I don't have any problems with there being anarchists, uh, part of Pacifica. but I do have problems with those anarchists not having any understanding of how to run Pacifica for what it is -- it's a business."

In response, Dan Coughlin points out that Pacifica is a public trust that should be run from the bottom-up, not top-down, as a corporation, and that the new "the network has been looted" by the old Board to which Ferguson is loyal.

Listeners who wish to let Mr Ferguson know that his continued efforts to destroy and destabilize the network are not welcome can reach him at

James Ferguson
Director of Research and Planning
Congress of National Black Churches
2000 L St NW, Suite 225
Washington DC 20036
(202) 296-5657
Fax: (202) 296-4939
E-mail: voterparticipate@netscape.net
Web: http://www.cnbc.org

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