PBS Names New Ombudsman

PBS has named a new public editor/ombudsman to deal with complaints or questions raised by viewers about its programming. 

Filling that role starting May 15 will be Ricardo Sandoval-Palos, whose lengthy resume includes senior editor at InsideClimate News, managing editor at 100Reporters, and supervising editor of NPR’s Morning Edition. He succeeds Madhulika Sikka, who exited late last year to be a podcast executive producer with the Washington Post

Sandoval-Palos will look at editorial integrity, journalism and production practice and is independent of PBS president Paula Kerger.  

“Earning and preserving the public’s trust is our top priority at PBS,’’ said Kerger in a statement. ‘’We are thrilled to welcome Ricardo as our new Public Editor. He is a journalist of the highest integrity whose deep experience and passion for an independent press make him an ideal fit for this important role.” 

John Eggerton

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.