Ferree takes CPB position

Corporation for Public Broadcasting taps ex FCC officer

WASHINGTON — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced on Monday that it had hired a former Federal Communications Commission senior official as its new chief operating officer.

Ken Ferree, who recently left his post as head of the FCC’s Media Bureau, replaces Kathleen Cox as CPB COO. Cox is now the org’s president and CEO.

“Ken brings to CPB a strong commitment to public service, significant management experience and broad knowledge of the factors affecting our industry,” Cox said in a statement. “I cannot think of anyone more qualified to help public broadcasting leverage its assets.”

Ferree strongly supported the transition to digital television and advocated that the commission set a hard date by which the transition should be completed. He also oversaw the FCC’s attempt to loosen restrictions on media ownership, which resulted in a federal court rebuke of the plan. Large media companies supported the plan, while a coalition of independent owners and public interest groups opposed it.

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