PBS has named a new chief programming executive, giving the job to veteran television executive Perry Simon.
Simon has held posts with BBC America, Vulcan Productions, Viacom Productions and NBC Entertainment. Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO, made the announcement at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour.
Simon will oversee all non-children’s programming, beginning in late September.
“High-quality content is at the core of our work at PBS,” Kerger said. “Perry brings a breadth of media experience, including leadership roles at BBC and Vulcan Productions — two of our longstanding partners who share a commitment to educational and informative content. He is an innovative leader who will work closely with our extraordinary team at PBS, as well as producers and partners across the public television system, to deliver on our mission of service to the American people.”
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