Dean Wilson on NPR’s New Chief Gary Knell

Knell received a strong vote of support from Ernest Wilson, a past chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the not-for-profit organization through which federal dollars flow to NPR and public radio and television stations. Wilson said Knell showed an entrepreneurial bent in his current post as head of Sesame Workshop — the parent company of Sesame Street. The children’s show has gone global, and survived a burst of new producers of children’s TV who are its competitors.

“Gary Knell brings to this post a proven ability to work effectively and efficiently — and to raise money — which is critically important,” Wilson said Monday. “In other words, he’s figured out a business model.” Read More »