Its the end of an era at C-SPAN … 70 year old Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN will step down as chief executive effective April 1, 2012. Lamb is handing over leadership to two co-CEOs, Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain. Brian Lamb will remain chairman of the board, with the new title of executive chairman. It is hard to believe that C-SPAN has been on the air for 33 years. For us political news junkies what would we have done without C-SPAN over the years? Many of us today take C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2 and C-SPAN 3 for granted, but 33 years ago when it all started “We the People” could never see what actually went on in the “People’s” House.
C-SPAN – the original and one and only “Reality” Must See TV
Brian Lamb, who created the revolutionary nonprofit cable television network C-Span in the late 1970s and has been its public face ever since, is handing it over to two lieutenants, Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain.
Effective April 1, they will become the co-chief executives of C-Span and Mr. Lamb will become the executive chairman, formalizing a management change that has been years in the making. Mr. Lamb will continue to host “Q&A,” his Sunday night interview program, and will pursue other interests, like teaching.
The announcement will come on Monday, 33 years to the day that C-Span — short for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network — came onto cable television, predating CNN and ESPN.
Thank you Brian Lamb for your incredible vision and allowing “We the People” a peak into what is going on in Washington, DC and being able to hold our politicians accountable.