Leading Media Executive Bo Jones to Join MacNeil/Lehrer Productions as President and CEO

BY News Desk  October 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM EDT

Long-time Washington Post executive, Boisfeuillet (Bo) Jones Jr. has been named President and CEO of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, effective at the beginning of 2012.

Mr. Jones has served 32 years with The Washington Post as Vice President and Counsel, President and General Manager, then Publisher and CEO from 2000 to 2008. At present he is Vice Chairman of the Washington Post Company and Chairman of The Washington Post newspaper.

As President of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Jones will head corporate and foundation funding for the NewsHour, coordinate relationships with all public television broadcast and distribution entities, as well as develop documentary programs and projects.

“Like millions of others, I am a huge fan of the NewsHour,” said Mr. Jones. “I heartily look forward to helping MacNeil/Lehrer Productions sustain and expand its excellent and very special programming.”

Jim Lehrer said: “Bo Jones is the ideal person to take us where we must go. He has a unique combination of journalistic integrity and business acumen, plus he understands Americans’ increasing demand for serious journalism about the issues and events that matter.”

Read the press release for full details.