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On Point radio host Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed from WBUR. Ashbrook, who has hosted the nationally syndicated show for 16 years, was placed on leave in December, 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of bullying and sexual misconduct that spanned the past 10 years.

With the sale of the Boston Herald to a Colorado media company, Boston will remain a two-newspaper town.

Digital First Media outbid would-be buyers Gatehouse Media and Revolution Capital Group, paying $11.9 million for the paper.

The Herald’s auction came after publisher Patrick Purcell filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 8, 2017, citing declining revenue and readership.

Facebook’s plan to fight fake news may have a fatal flaw. That’s according to a Yale study on how people read and react to news on the social media platform.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
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We kick off this week with many questions surfacing at The Daily Hampshire Gazette, based in Northampton. Its former executive editor says he was fired for speaking out for higher pay for female journalists, but a number of his former employees are questioning his commitment to the issue. 

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The top editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Greenfield Recorder said Wednesday he was fired for speaking out in favor of higher pay for female journalists, but his record on the issue was challenged within hours.

The publisher of the Boston Herald announced Friday that the tabloid’s media company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be sold to New York-based GateHouse Media.

But although the newspaper will continue to publish, the future of its workers and their pensions is uncertain.

After Friday’s announcement, Patrick Purcell, the Herald’s publisher of nearly 34 years, stood in the lobby of the newspaper’s building in Boston’s Seaport District and fought back tears.

Tirades directed at young women in the studio. Name calling and belittling critiques of show ideas during meetings. “Creepy” sex talk, hugs and back or neck rubs after a dressing down. That’s the pattern of alleged abuse described by 11 mostly young women and men who filed a multi-page document outlining their complaints against On Point host Tom Ashbrook.

The Washington Post says a woman who approached reporters with a story that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore got her pregnant as a teen actually "appears to be part of undercover sting operation" run by conservative activist James O'Keefe — suspicions the newspaper says were confirmed when the woman was spotted walking into the offices of Project Veritas on Monday.

Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR's All Things Considered, is speaking to the Vermont Humanities Council this week, reflecting on more than four decades working in radio newsrooms. It's an apt time for reflection for the seasoned host, as he prepares to step away from the mic and retire in January 2018.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

NPR's senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment from several women.

The accounts of two women, first published by The Washington Post, describe Oreskes unexpectedly kissing them during meetings in the late 1990s, while he was Washington bureau chief for The New York Times. An NPR employee has also come forward publicly about harassment that allegedly occurred during a business meeting-turned-dinner in 2015.

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