Ambassador Carlson Chosen as CPB President
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Corporation for Public Broadcasting board of directors announced Thursday that it has chosen Ambassador Richard Carlson as president and chief executive officer.
Carlson, 51, is former director of the Voice of America and associate director of the U.S. Information Agency. He became ambassador to the Republic of Seychelle last year. He’ll assume his new post in July.
Carlson began his career as a reporter, working for United Press International and later KGO-TV in San Francisco and KABC in Los Angeles. He became anchorman for KFMB-TV in San Diego in 1975.
In 1977, Carlson joined San Diego’s Great First American Bank where he rose to senior vice president in three years. He has had various diplomatic responsibilities during the last decade.
Outgoing board chairman Marshall Turner, who is being succeeded by former Nancy Reagan press secretary Sheila Tate, said Carlson is the kind of person who can ″lead CPB through its next phase of public broadcasting development.″
CPB funnels federal money to PBS, National Public Radio and local public stations. It’s fate is uncertain because a bill that authorizes its funds from 1995 through 1997 is stalled in the Senate. Conservative Republicans are complaining that public broadcasting programming is biased.