Askin throws hat in ATAS CEO ring

Exec currently serves as first vice chair

Tribune Entertainment prexy Dick Askin has thrown his hat into the TV Academy ring, announcing his intention to run for the org’s chairman/CEO post.

Askin has been an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for years, and he now serves as its first vice chair. Before that, he was a governor with the org.

Askin is first person to declare their candidacy for the position. Current TV Academy chairman Bryce Zabel, who has led the org since 2001, has not yet announced whether he’ll seek another term. Petitions to run in the org’s August elections are due in July.

A volunteer position, the TV academy chairman heads up the org’s executive committee and works closely with its full-time, salaried leader, now Todd Leavitt, president of ATAS.

In a letter to the org’s board of governors, Askin said he’d received approval from his Tribune Co. bosses to run.

“I believe there is an opportunity for us to do more to unite the television industry under the Academy banner than at any time in our history,” he wrote. “I feel the leading companies in the television business must be engaged at the very top and encouraged to participate and contribute (to the Academy).”

Askin said he believes he could use his industry contacts and relationships to score more financial support from industry congloms if elected.

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