John Lansing Named CEO Of Broadcasting Board Of Governors
August 18, 2015 at 4:15 AM (PT)
Former SCRIPPS NETWORKS Pres. and CTAM Pres./CEO JOHN LANSING has been named CEO and Director of the BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS, the agency overseeing the VOICE OF AMERICA, RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, RADIO FREE ASIA, RADIO MARTI/TV MARTI, and MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING NETWORKS. LANSING fills the post left vacant by the exit of ANDREW LACK to return to NBC. ANDRÉ MENDES has been serving as Interim CEO.
“JOHN is a proven executive and a remarkable, transformative leader in multiplatform content strategies, development and distribution,” said BBG Chairman JEFF SHELL. “With his journalistic sensibilities and success in leading media companies through periods of challenges and growth, JOHN is the ideal person to lead the BBG as we accelerate efforts to shape a global, world-leading media organization that is up to the challenges of the 21st century.
“We are very fortunate to have JOHN take on the CEO role at this critical time when U.S. international media is on the front line of the U.S.’ most important and complicated foreign policy issues. From eastern UKRAINE to CHINA to ISIL and IRAN, the programming of the BBG is the most important, and in many cases, the only voice of honest and open journalism. JOHN also understands that conveying and critically assessing official U.S. policy is a key component of BBG’s mission. American leadership in the world depends in part on international audiences knowing where the U.S. stands with respect to their countries and the issues that affect them.”
LANSING said, “I thank Chairman SHELL and the Board for this opportunity to help lead this fantastic organization. As one of the world’s largest media enterprises, the BBG provides balanced, reliable and authoritative news in the face of partisan media and heavy propaganda from repressive nations and extremist groups. I am honored to enter into public service and to join a team of world class journalists and media professionals who are dedicated to expanding freedom of information and expression worldwide. I also welcome the opportunity to work with this distinguished Board, which has steadily guided the BBG forward.”