Corporation For Public Broadcasting Elects Ramer New Chair

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Bruce Ramer has been elected chairman of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is the independent nonprofit corporation created by Congress to oversee the federal government's funding for noncommercial radio and TV.

President George W. Bush appointed Ramer to the board in 2008. He is an entertainment and media attorney in Los Angeles and former chair of the board of noncom KCET Los Angeles. He is currently chair of the CPB American Archives Task Force, a member of the board of trustees at USC, chairman of the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, and a member of the board of councilors at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Elected vice chairman was David Pryor, former Arkansas governor and congressman who joined the board in 2006.

CPB board nominations and elections have been relatively quiet in the past couple of years after the controversy surrounding former CPB Chairman Ken Tomlinson. But Ramer assumes his post as there is renewed attention to noncommercial broadcasting.

The co-chairs of an Obama administration commission on fiscal responsibility last week recommended phasing out CPB and noncom funding as one of the tough budget calls that should be made to attack the federal deficit.

It also comes as the GOP regains the House, where conservative Republicans have periodically called for cutting back or zeroing out funding for noncoms, usually arguing that the money is going to support a liberal-leaning service.

The elections came at CPB's board meeting in New Orleans Tuesday (Nov. 16). Ramer succeeds Ernie Wison as chairman.