Veteran television and radio executive Jim Thompson will take over as President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, effective August 4th. The foundation had been seeking a new president to continue the work of Gordon Hastings since last October. Hastings will reestablish Gordon Hastings & Associates and continue marketing activities for foundation events.
Thompson was VP/GM of Westinghouse’s KYW-TV Philadelphia when he was tapped to become President of the company’s Group W Radio division in 1989. He was later a partner in Liberty Broadcasting, CEO of Hibernia Communications and CEO of Craven-Thompson Communications.
“Jim’s leadership abilities and his knowledge of the broadcasting industry makes him the ideal candidate for this position,” said Phil Lombardo of Citadel Communications, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and head of the search committee.
RBR/TVBR observation: What can we say? Jim is a great guy and we’ve missed having reasons to talk to him much in the last few years when he was doing things like buying The Village Voice. It will be great to have him back where he belongs – in broadcasting.