Ferree Resigns from CPB

Oct 13, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Ken Ferree, chief operating officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, resigned Wednesday to join the Washington office of the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, a CPB spokesman said.

Mr. Ferree, a former chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau, joined CPB in March. He lost his bid for CPB’s top executive slot to Patricia Harrison, a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee who was recently hired as president and CEO.

“He wasn’t right-wing enough,” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the watchdog Center for Digital Democracy.

In a statement to public broadcast stations late Wednesday, Ms. Harrison said: “In his short time at CPB, Ken made a significant contribution to the work of the corporation. Please join me in wishing him well in his future endeavor.”

Fred DeMarco, executive VP of the CPB, will assume COO duties on an interim basis while a search is conducted for Mr. Ferree’s successor.