On Thursday, the full Senate approved three of President Joe Biden’s four nominees to serve on CPB’s board of directors: Laura Gore Ross, Elizabeth Sembler and Tom Rothman. Biden’s fourth nominee is Kathy Im, director of journalism and media for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her nomination remains on the Senate calendar, according to a CPB spokesperson.
With the asterisked caveat that the items are “subject to change,” a vote on the nomination of Gigi Sohn to the open Democratic seat on the FCC has been set. The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled an executive session for Wednesday, Feb. 2, and Sohn is among 14 nominations slotted to get a vote. Among the other nominees are Alvaro Bedoya for the open Democratic seat on the Federal Trade Commission and four members of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Kathy Im, Thomas Rothman, Elizabeth Sembler and Laura Ross.
The Senate approved three members of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting Board Thursday, one returning and two new. David Arroyo, SVP for legal affairs at Scripps Network Interactive; Judith Davenport, co-founder and director of Sheridan Broadcasting; and Elizabeth Sembler, CPB Board vice chair, were nominated by President Obama earlier this year.