WBUR to kill arts reviews

WBUR, the embattled, Boston University-owned public radio station, will no longer run reviews. In an email to arts freelancers, WBUR Arts Online editor Bill Marx wrote that WBUR "no longer wants to carry arts reviews -- on broadcast or online." Marx also annouced he's leaving the station August 31 but did not say whether he was being forced out or was resigning. The text of the email follows. Developing . . .

From: "Bill Marx" XXXXXXXX
To: "Arts Freelancers"<mail>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:00:27 -005
Subject: Notice to WBUR Arts Feelancers ...End is Near

To Arts Freelancers,

Forgive the mass mailing, but there are too many of you to contact individually. And I just
heard a day ago that, sadly, WBUR no longer wants to carry arts reviews -- on broadcast or
online. I will no longer be working for the station after August 31st. I am trying to end things
as quickly as I can so I can look for other opportunities, as they say...

Do I need to say how proud I am of the work you contributed to an award-winning arts
magazine that was on the cutting edge of jourmalism on the web? I have had a great time
editing your pieces and dealing with you personally...but all good things come to an end.
Perhaps this was too much fun to last....

The station will pay for -- and post -- the pieces that I have commissioned for July...those
who have pieces scheduled for this month (and haven't send in the piece) should send me
an e-mail to check -- the goal is to wrap things up by the end of July. There will be no arts
pickies for August. If you have any questions after the end of July, contact Angel Kozeli -- or Robin Lubbock at

Thanks so much for your work, your gripes, your passion -- I have had the time of my life
doing this...
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