The host of a local radio show criticized for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on-air has resigned from the CKUW board of directors, according to a spokesman for the station.

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The host of a local radio show criticized for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on-air has resigned from the CKUW board of directors, according to a spokesman for the station.

Nonetheless, the station has left open the possibility that the host — April Cherpaw — may return to "programming on-air" should she meet "specific conditions."

"We acknowledge that the programming in question was unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to those offended by the broadcast in question," the station wrote in a letter to B'nai Brith Canada Jewish service organization.

Cherpaw tendered her resignation last Tuesday.

"April has otherwise had a positive history with CKUW. In no way does this excuse the unacceptable radio programming produced on Nov. 11; rather, it leads us to believe that she is capable of being a better ambassador of our station."

CKUW 95.9 FM drew criticism following the Nov. 11 episode of the weekly show Where Angels Fear to Tread.

During the broadcast Cherpaw interviewed Toronto conspiracy theorist Sydney White, who promoted various anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and tropes. Cherpaw introduced White as a "veteran reporter" and "investigative journalist."

White claimed Israelis gassed and cremated the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and accused American-Jewish businessman Larry Silverstein of profiting "billions" on the "massacre."

She went on to say Jewish bankers were responsible for funding the Russian Revolution and repeatedly labelled the United States as "Zionist America." In addition, she alleged a Toronto newspaper banned coverage of her talks, claiming a reporter told her the owners of the publication are Zionists.

"Who prints the money? The criminals who print the money and turn every country into a debtor's prison, those same criminals own the media and print the news," White said during the broadcast.

Cherpaw didn't dispute or disagree with White's claims.

After the content of the broadcast was highlighted by B'nai Brith Canada, the station suspended the program for six weeks. On Nov. 25, an on-air apology was delivered for the Nov. 11 broadcast.

Although the episode remained available for download on the station's website after the show's suspension, as of Monday afternoon all archived episodes of the show had been removed.

In response to the incident, a B'nai Brith spokesman will appear CKUW to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism in Canada, although no date for the appearance has been set.

"We were very disappointed to find out these types of views made it onto the air... the content was bizarre and, frankly, dangerous," said Ran Ukashi, Manitoba regional director for B'nai Brith Canada.

"Anti-Semitism as a phenomenon exists on all political spectrums. I think this example is quite illustrative of that. There is a confluence of right-wing anti-Semitism and left-wing anti-Semitism.

"When people can't find shortcuts to explain social and political forces... many times they turn to the Jews. The Jews are behind it in some sort of nefarious and mysterious way. And you see that here."

Ukashi went on to say the station has informed him Cherpaw will have to go through an internal process to determine whether she'll be welcomed back on-air.

Cherpaw could not be reached for comment.

The station is partly funded by student fees transferred from the University of Winnipeg Students' Association (UWSA). A spokeswoman for the UWSA did not return a request for comment by the time of publication.

CKUW is a non-commercial, university-based, volunteer-run station.

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