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Association of Black Journalists Accuses NBC Of 'Whitewashing' Over Tamron Hall

The National Association of Black Journalists is accusing NBC of "whitewashing" following Tamron Hall's departure from the network.

'Today' co-host Hall announced she would be leaving NBC and MSNBC when her contract expires this month. She was offered a renewal but decided to move after she was told minutes before going on air that she and Al Roker would lose their hour to Megyn Kelly.

"The National Association of Black Journalists is saddened by Tamron Hall's departure from NBC," the group writes on its website. "She broke ground as the first black female 'Today Show’ co-host and was enjoying ratings success alongside Al Roker during the show's third hour of programming."

"NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing."

In its own statement, NBC refutes the claim.

"NBC News has a long and proven history as an industry leader in newsroom diversity," the network says in a statement. "We will continue to engage in the running dialogue we've had for many years with the National Association of Black Journalists and other advocacy groups to advance those goals."

Hall reportedly turned down a multi-million contract. She joined the network in 2007 and became part of 'Today' during its third hour in 2014.

February 6, 2017 |

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