Possible contenders include Bono, Molinari, Clarke

NEW YORK — Recording Industry Assn. of America topper Hilary Rosen officially announced Thursday that she will step down from her post and become a consultant to the trade org as of July 1 — as well as becoming a weekly commentator on CNBC.

Rosen’s departure had been expected (Daily Variety, May 30). RIAA topper Cary Sherman will oversee the org until a search committee picks Rosen’s permanent successor. The committee convened Wednesday to begin interviewing candidates.

Possible contenders suggested inside the music biz have included Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-Calif.) and former New York Rep. Susan Molinari, as well as ex-Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke. Reps for Bono and Clarke have since downplayed those candidacies.

Meanwhile, Rosen will appear once a week, starting Aug. 1, on CNBC programs “Squawk Box,” “Open Exchange With Tyler Mathisen” and “Capital Report With Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” Rosen will discuss political and regulatory issues related to the media and entertainment biz.

Rosen, who already had been appearing regularly on “Capital Report,” told Daily Variety that she was approached by CNBC. “It’s a great opportunity and a good excuse to stay up on the issues,” she said. “But I’m not sanguine that my entire career future will be in front of a camera.”

(Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.)

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