Magazine article Anglican Journal

Reuters Reverses Ban on Outdoor Religious Messages

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Reuters Reverses Ban on Outdoor Religious Messages

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International media giant Reuters has reversed an earlier refusal to allow an American denomination to broadcast messages of hope, peace and reconciliation to millions of persons who were expected to travel through New York City's Times Square during the busy Thanksgiving holiday period.

In an Oct. 28 letter to Rev. Larry Hollon, head of United Methodist Communications which administers the denomination's $21 million media campaign agency, Reuters chief executive Thomas H. Glocer said he agreed with Mr. Hollon that the denomination should have "the same access to commercial space as any other organization."

Mr. Glocer indicated that Reuters will move toward permitting "advertisement by religious organizations, subject to certain limitations." The Reuters executive wrote that his company would not object to religious groups using the space, "provided it is made clear that the material in question is paid advertising and that there is no possibility of confusion with our news output."

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