Carlos Watson resigned as a corporate director of NPR on Friday after the spectacular public meltdown of the digital media company that he leads and co-founded. The governance committee of NPR’s corporate board had been set to meet later in the day to determine Watson’s future with the public radio network.
In recent days, Watson and his company, Ozy, have been accused of misleading the public, advertisers and investors about the buzz-hungry outlet and its performance.
Watson, who was appointed to NPR’s board in 2016, had just been reelected to a second three-year term, which had been set to begin next month. His resignation came Friday in a letter to the chairman of NPR’s board, LaFontaine Oliver, who is the president of NPR Baltimore member station, WYPR.
“Earlier today, Carlos Watson submitted his resignation from the NPR Board of Directors. I have accepted his resignation on behalf of the Board. Mr. Watson’s resignation is effective as of today,” Oliver said in a statement.
Since Sunday, when The New York Times ran an expose on the company, Watson’s claims about the digital traffic at the millennial-focused outlet have come under withering scrutiny. The figures Watson and Ozy cited for the audiences of its website, newsletter and social media platforms now look improbable or artificially inflated. See the full article