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article imageNPR names new chief executive

By Alex Veeneman     May 9, 2014 in Business
Washington - The US public radio organization National Public Radio has named a new chief executive who will begin at the organization in July.
Jarl Mohn, the chairman of the board of directors of NPR member station Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), based in the Los Angeles suburb Pasadena, is to take over from Paul G. Haaga, Jr., who took over the position on an interim basis after the resignation of Gary Knell, who now heads the National Geographic Society.
In a statement issued from NPR, Mohn said this position would be a mission.
"This is not a job for me. It is a mission," Mohn said. "I love public radio and NPR. It is a national treasure and more important now than ever. I want to make sure the staff of NPR, the Member Stations and the others who make it happen have everything they need to do their best work."
Mohn founded the E! Entertainment cable channel, and has worked at MTV and VH1, particularly from their turning away from music videos. He also has had radio experience at the former top 40 radio station WNBC-AM in New York, according to a report from The New York Times.
The move comes, according to the Times, where NPR has been trying to perfect the balance on its new web presence with member stations. NPR had been criticized for introducing streams of its flagship programs "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on a new iTunes radio service, a move that received some criticism from member stations.
Bill Davis, the chief executive of Southern California Public Radio, in an interview with the Times, said someone was coming to run the organization who has a deep understanding from the perspective of NPR's member stations. Davis praised Mohn for his work to get a more diverse audience for Southern California Public Radio.
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