Kimberly Johnson, who has been with the Colorado Public Television Denver outlet since 1989 and interim president-GM for the last year, was named president-CEO on Wednesday. The move represents a shift from a longstanding push for truly independent public television, along the lines of Britain’s Channel 4, to a more collaborative and economically sound version as espoused by others within PBS.
Willard “Wick” Rowland is stepping down after 13 years at the helm of Colorado Public Television’ Denver station in March. But don’t expect him to sail quietly into the sunset. Rowland promises his usual flow of journal articles, prominent academic speeches and lobbying in Washington for public broadcasting after he retires.