Former Chairman Tomlinson Resigns from CPB Board

Nov 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Ken Tomlinson, the former Corporation for Public Broadcasting chairman who came under intense criticism for his persistent allegations of liberal bias in public television, resigned from the CPB board Thursday, according to a statement by the board.

In the statement, the board said it doesn’t believe Mr. Tomlinson acted maliciously or with intent to harm the CPB or public broadcasting during his controversial tenure as CPB chairman. But the board said Mr. Tomlinson “strongly disputes” the findings in a report by CPB’s inspector general, who has been looking into allegations that some of Mr. Tomlinson’s efforts to ensure fairness and balance in public broadcast programming went too far.

A spokesman said that beyond the statement, the CPB would have no comment about Mr. Tomlinson’s departure or the report, and added that the report will be made public later this month. Board members have been reviewing the report in a private session that began Tuesday.

“The board expresses its disappointment in the performance of former key staff whose responsibility it was to advise the board and its members,” the statement said. “Nonetheless, both the board and Mr. Tomlinson believe it is in the best interest of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that he no longer remain on the board. The board commends Mr. Tomlinson for his legitimate efforts to achieve balance and objectivity in public broadcasting.”