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New York, October 1, 2009 -- Dr. William F. Baker, widely respected as an "icon of public television," and David Brancaccio, host of PBS' NOW program, met with the National Council of Churches Communication Commission Monday afternoon, September 28.

Baker is President Emeritus of Educational Broadcasting Corporation, parent company of WNET-TV (Channel Thirteen) and WLIW-TV (Channel 21), where he served for 20 years as Chief Executive Officer. He produced some of the industry’s most respected and popular programs, including Charlie Rose, Bill Moyers Journal, Nature, Cyberchase, and Great Performances.

Prior to public broadcasting, Bill Baker was President of Westinghouse Television and Chairman of Group W. Satellite Communications for almost a decade. During his tenure as Chairman the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel were launched, and he got Oprah Winfrey started as a television talk show host. Frequently sought out as an expert on the media, he is also the author of Down the Tube: An Inside Account of the Failure of American Television (Basic Books, 1998) and the executive producer of a documentary film, The Face: Jesus in Art.

David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of NOW on PBS, public television's award-winning newsmagazine of investigative reporting and in-depth interviews. Among his beats: politics, human rights, national security, the environment, health care, and science policy.

A broadcaster for 33 years, Brancaccio also served as the long-time host of public radio's business program, "Marketplace," which won two of the top honors in broadcast journalism, the George Foster Peabody Award and the DuPont-Columbia Award. He and his team at NOW on PBS recently won an Emmy for a story on an innovative way to deliver health care in Africa and also took home the 2009 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Coverage.


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