Court TV prexy and chief operating officer Dick Beahrs will retire at the end of the year.
Beahrs, who joined the channel in 1992 as COO, plans to spend more time on a variety of public service initiatives and personal interests. Until then, he will assist in the transition of his duties and continue to advise the channel on a range of matters.
“My personal regret in not having Dick’s daily input in so many areas is offset, somewhat, but his agreeing to serve our network as valued adviser,” said Court TV chair and CEO Henry Schleiff.
A search for a replacement is under way.
Beahrs added his Court TV prexy title in 1999. Always active in community and public affairs, he spearheaded the channel’s “Choices and Consequences” educational initiative.
Beahrs is a 30-year vet of what’s now AOL Time Warner. Prior to joining Court TV, he was prexy of the Comedy Channel, which later evolved into Comedy Central. He has held senior VP titles at HBO and Cinemax and a number of positions at Life and Sports Illustrated.
Beahrs recently received the NCTA’s 2003 Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations. He is a trustee of Cable in the Classroom and the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, Kenya. With his wife, Carolyn, he established the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley.