Feb 22, 2007

Teams announced for CPB Talent Quest

Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and a trio of prominent women producers called "Launch" will field the two teams competing in CPB's Talent Quest, the corporation said this week. Launch includes Mary Beth Kirchner, Julie Burstein and Marge Ostroushko. PRX, which is run by a bunch of guys, frankly, plans to choose its talent through four elimination rounds on the Web. Each team will choose three potential pubradio hosts (to be announced at PRPD in September) and work with them on pilots. The winner will be announced early in '08. CPB will lay out the contest for the public Feb. 28 on the set of Austin City Limits. This FAQ explains the plan.

Liroff moves to system strategy post at CPB

David Liroff, the WGBH v.p. who’s already a prominent national voice in system planning, got that job officially this week. CPB hired him as senior v.p., system development and media strategy, overseeing station grant policy, technology investments and other wonky important matters. He succeeds Andy Russell, who moved to PBS this month.