TV One Drops Williams1/14/2005 3:21 AM Eastern
Add TV One to the list of outlets excising the work of columnist Armstrong Williams over his controversial arrangement to plug Bush administration policies for pay.
The start-up cable channel is re-evaluating its relationship with conservative talk-show host Williams after it was reported that the host of several TV One political specials had an arrangement with the Department of Education to be paid to promote the ambitious "No Child Left Behind" public-school initiative.
TV One has pulled from its air a series of Williams' interviews with several prominent African-American cabinet members, including education secretary Rod Paige, after it was discovered that the agency hired Williams to produce ads that featured Paige and promoted the public-school law, according to AP. Federal law bans the use of public money on propaganda.
"When the news about him came out, we immediately took his shows off the air until I could take a look at them to see, in fact, if there's any propaganda in them, then we will re-evaluate," TV One president Johnathan Rodgers said at the network's Television Critics Association presentation in Los Angeles Wednesday.