Rare to see such top-level announcements being made during the weekend, but both Clear Channel and National Public Radio have announced their new Chief Operating Officers today. At CC Media Holdings, "Chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms" Bob Pittman gets promoted. And NPR's new leader will be Gary Knell, who transitions from the same title at Sesame Workshop.
At Clear Channel, Pittman will not only act as CEO of CC Media, but he'll also serve as Executive Chairman on the board of directors at Clear Channel Outdoor. More details in a corporate press release issued today. The changes take effect immediately.
At NPR, Knell will officially begin his new position on December 1. His appointment was first announced on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered this morning. More details on the announcement and Knell's prior experience in public broadcasting were posted on NPR's website.
Locally, Clear Channel owns several radio stations in Syracuse. NPR has affiliates in all three of the markets covered by CNYRadio.com.