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C-Span Founder to Step Down as CEO

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Brian Lamb will remain executive chairman of the public affairs cable channel, but leave day-to-day management to Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain.

NEW YORK - C-Span founder Brian Lamb will step down from his CEO role to leave day-to-day management of the public affairs cable channel to Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain, while remaining executive chairman, the New York Times reported.

Effective April 1, the two executives, who have been at the company since the 1980s, will become the co-CEOs. Lamb will continue to host Sunday night interview program Q&A, the paper said.
The news became official on Monday, 33 years to the day that C-Span launched, the Times said.

C-Span launched by carrying the proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives without commercials. C-Span 2 later launched to add coverage of the Senate, and C-Span 3 focused on other hearings and events.

“I’m not retiring in the true sense of it,” Lamb told the paper. “But you know, most people in this business, they love it. I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

“Brian has been very thoughtful about preparing for this transition,” said Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable, the current chairman of the board that governs C-Span, the Times said. “He’s doing this at a time when he thinks he’s ready and he thinks the organization is ready.”

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