Thursday roundup: Pacifica names new interim head; Montagne evicted in Kabul

By Andrew Lapin

• The Pacifica Foundation announced the appointment of a new interim executive director, even as the one the foundation attempted to fire, Summer Reese, reportedly continues to camp out at the foundation’s headquarters. Bernard Duncan, previously station manager at Pacifica’s Los Angeles outlet KPFK, is the new interim head of the network, according to a statement on Pacifica’s website. “What Pacifica needs right now is a skilled manager who can hit the ground running, and I’m very pleased Bernard’s taken us on,” board chair Margy Wilkinson said in the release. Duncan resigned from KPFK in January.

• PBS’s POV will host a Twitter chat with veteran documentary filmmakers April 8 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern time. Directors Gary Hustwit, Doug Block and Bernardo Ruiz will discuss how they made their first films. Interested participants can send their thoughts with the hashtag #docchat.

• Afghan law enforcement evicted Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, along with other journalists and expats, from the Gandamack Lodge guest house in Kabul Tuesday. The eviction came in advance of Saturday’s presidential election in the country as officials worry that popular gatherings for foreigners will become targets for attacks, reports the New York Times. “I just said, ‘Well, welcome to Afghanistan,'” Montagne told the Times.

• When This American Life‘s Ira Glass appeared on CBS This Morning Wednesday to help announce the Peabody Awards, he didn’t know his own show had won until co-presenter Charlayne Hunter-Gault told him on live TV. “I got punked by the country’s oldest and most venerated broadcast award,” he wrote in a blog post on his site describing how the Peabody committee deliberately misled him into thinking the show’s two-part episode “Harper High School” had been snubbed.

  • quotidian

    Renee, next time pay your bill!

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