WBUR MAKES IT OFFICIAL. The station just e-mailed the following press release on the departure of general manager Jane Christo (click here for earlier item and links):
WBUR General Manager Jane Christo Announces Resignation
BOSTON - Jane Christo announced today that she is leaving her post as General Manager of WBUR effective October 15, 2004. Ms. Christo informed the staff of WBUR of her decision during a meeting held earlier in the day.
"I am eternally grateful to the listeners, corporate and individual contributors, the staff of WBUR, and Boston University for the opportunity to have been part of building something very special over the past 25 years. However, the present controversy regarding my leadership of WBUR has become too large a distraction. I have decided to step aside so that the focus of the staff and management at WBUR can be returned to providing our listeners with the very best in public radio news programming. I am extremely proud of the significant contribution that WBUR has made to public radio here in New England and nationally. I am confident that when concluded, the internal investigation will show that the allegations of improper conduct against me are baseless," said Jane Christo.
Jane Christo served as General Manager from January of 1979. The WBUR Group operates and manages a total of four public radio stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island: 90.9 WBUR-FM in Boston, 1240 WBUR-AM in West Yarmouth (MA), 1290 WRNI-AM in Providence (RI), and 1230 WXNI in Westerly (RI). WBUR consistently rates among the top ten stations, commercial and non-commercial, in the Boston metropolitan market.