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Lawson, Theriault Retiring From CPB

Even as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting saw its funding maintained in the new Obama budget, it announced it would be losing two execs to retirement later this year.

Jennifer Lawson, senior VP for TV and digital content, and Bruce Theriault, senior VP, journalism and radio, will be leaving in May.

In a related move, Joseph Tovares, senior VP, diversity and innovation, will become chief content officer.

Lawson has spent three decades in noncommercial media, including as executive VP of programming and promotion services at PBS, where she promoted Ken Burns' iconic The Civil War and Baseball documentary series.

She also developed Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego and Barney & Friends.

Before joining CPB, Theriault spent 13 years as senior VP at Public Radio International.

CPB is the private nonprofit entity created by Congress to oversee the disbursement of federal funding for noncommercial TV and radio.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.