The broadcaster Garrison Keillor has shouted out in support of his colleague Christopher O’Riley, who has been sacked by Exec Director Gretchen Nielsen as host of the classical show, From the Top. Keillor writes: ‘This was one of the best shows on radio. What a shame. Public radio management seems to be in a KGB mode. I’m grateful I had a career before the curtain fell.’
Over at the New Yorker, meanwhile, illustrator Tom Bachtell writes: ‘ The New Yorker is updating its content and refreshing its look. As of the next issue, a new illustrator will illustrate “Talk of the Town.” I wish her or him the best of luck. I will continue to contribute independently to the magazine, and will also continue to post my work here. My association with The New Yorker is and has been one of the proudest achievements of my life.’
Partner of the late music critic and broadcaster Andrew Patner (pictured), Tom is one of the most distinctive, original and culturally astute practitioners of the art of capturing character in line.
The New Yorker is no longer as we knew it.
End of days.
UPDATE: From The Top talks down to us.