Ferree Named New COO of CPB

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Ken Ferree, former chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau, was named chief operating officer of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting Monday.

“Ken brings to CPB a strong commitment to public service, significant management experience and broad knowledge of the factors affecting our industry. I cannot think of anyone more qualified to help public broadcasting leverage its assets,” CPB CEO Kathleen Cox said in a prepared statement.

Ferree joined the FCC in 2001, taking charge of the agency’s effort to expedite the transition to digital-only TV broadcasting. He left March 4 before the agency could complete work on his plan to end the transition Dec. 31, 2008.

A private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, CPB spends about $387 million annually on programming and grants for public radio and TV stations around the country.