C-Span Founder to Step Down as CEO

Mar 19, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Thirty-three years after C-Span debuted on cable television, its founder will step down as its chief executive, The New York Times reports. Brian Lamb will take on the role of executive chairman of the network he created, according to the report.

C-Span started in the late 1970s with a commitment to broadcast every minute of the United States House of Representatives without commercials. The commitment was what the story calls "an extraordinary act at the time, since most Americans then saw of Congress only what was reported on the nightly news and in newspapers."

Lamb, 70, said he will be replaced by C-Span’s Presidents and co-Chief Operating Officers Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain, who will continue the network’s mission of televising the nation’s political goings-on, according to the story. Lamb added he had been planning to give up the CEO role for at least two years, the piece notes.

Lamb will continue to host his "Q&A" show on Sunday night, and will follow other pursuits, including teaching, according to the piece.

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