Farrell Meisel, a veteran U.S. TV executive overseeing a TV network in Afghanistan, is leaving the position after 20 months, citing security concerns.
Meisel, who was interviewed by Variety in February (Daily Variety, Feb. 12), said via email that he had decided to resign as CEO of groupOne Media and 1TV, a fledgling TV enterprise based in Kabul. “With the increasing violence and tension, it’s just not worth the risk anymore,” he said, virtually echoing U.S. government officials by adding, “It’s really up to the Afghans to sustain it, which is what I’ve always believed. I’m very proud of what has been accomplished.”
Meisel said 1TV’s founder and president, Fahim Hashimy, had been “more than gracious and understanding,” and would assume his responsibilities. Meisel will serve as a consultant to the network for a time and is returning to the U.S.