Dick Cook Elected KCETLink Chairman

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The former Disney executive was previously vice chairman of the public TV station's board of directors.

Former Walt Disney Company executive Richard "Dick" Cook has been elected chairman of the KCETLink board of directors for fiscal 2014.

Cook has been serving as the public TV digital and broadcast station's vice chairman since 2010.

KCETLink became the name of the station this past January when KCET merged with Link Media, shortly after dropping its affiliation with PBS.

“KCETLink has a very important voice in public media right now, and we have a rare opportunity to seize the moment and accomplish something great together,” Cook says. “I am excited to be a part of building upon our tremendous potential and help shape a more meaningful future for public broadcasting that can impact the next generation of viewers.”

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Al Jerome, CEO of KCETLink, also shares his enthusiasm for the newly elected chairman.

“Dick’s passion for public media and his legacy at Disney will be of great value as we work to create our new branding and programming strategies for KCETLink,” says Jerome.

Cook replaces Channing Johnson, who oversaw the KCET-Link TV merger last year. Johnson will continue to serve on the KCETLink board of directors. Members of the board of the nonprofit broadcaster are not paid.

Cook was chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 2002-09. He is now a producer, most recently working on the movie 42.

Cook’s election comes on the heels of KCETLink announcing its new fall lineup. It will once again present the “best of British dramas” five nights a week.

KCETLink is also revamping its female-driven block with The Leading Ladies of KCET, airing Sundays.

Featured programs include fan favorite Rosemary and Thyme, and two acclaimed BBC series: investigative drama Scott & Bailey and Miranda Hart’s award-winning sitcom, Miranda.

The national independent transmedia organization is also launching a slew of NHK World TV specials showcasing Asian life and culture, as well as two new international daily news programs, Journal and France 24.