Barbara Cochran departs news org

Co. president to step down at RTNDA

Barbara Cochran will step down as prexy of the Radio-Television News Directors Assn. in June.

She will be given THE title of president emeritus and serve as a consultant to the org, which she will have headed for 12 years by the time she retires.

“Barbara Cochran’s leadership took RTNDA’s advocacy on behalf of electronic journalists to a new level, especially in the fight to preserve hard-fought First Amendment gains and protections,” chairman Ed Esposito said in a statement. “Barbara’s stand for strong ethical practices and journalistic excellence help set a standard for our industry.”

Under Cochran’s stewardship, RTNDA eventually won a 20-year battle with the Federal Communications Commission to end the Fairness Doctrine. She was also instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to release audio tapes of oral arguments.

Esposito said the RTNDA board has begun a search for her successor.

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