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Paula Kerger is PBS president, CEO

MUMBAI: American pubcaster PBS has announced that Paula Kerger is its president and CEO.

Kerger will direct the operations of America's largest public broadcasting service, comprising 348 member stations that reach more than 99 per cent of US television households. She will succeed Pat Mitchell, who announced her

plan to step down as PBS president and CEO last year.

Kerger says, "I am honoured and thrilled to become the next president and CEO of PBS. I firmly believe that public television's greatest days lie ahead, and I am truly excited to be working with this wonderful organization

and all the public television stations across America to realize the full promise of this medium. Now more than ever, Americans need a strong public television system. I am committed to doing all I can to ensure that they have it."

PBS board of directors chairman Mary Bitterman says, "Paula is an irrepressible champion of public television -- proud of its mission and confident of its future. Her demonstrated leadership, outstanding operational capabilities, and proven development skills will allow her to move into this very challenging role well prepared and well equipped to be the leader that PBS needs now and for the years ahead."

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