Update: Reuters Reverses Decision in United Methodist Billboard Controversy

October 29, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches


On October 29, 2003 National Council of Churches reported that "international media giant Reuters has reversed its earlier refusal to carry United Methodist 'open hearts, open minds, open doors' advertising on its Times Square headquarters building. In an Oct. 28 letter to the Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of the denomination's communications agency, Reuters chief executive Thomas H. Glocer said he agrees with Hollon that the denomination should have 'the same access to commercial space as any other organization.' Glocer indicated that Reuters will move toward permitting 'advertisement by religious organizations, subject to certain limitations.'"