President Obama says he intends to nominate Jeffrey Shell as Member and Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The independent federal agency, formed on October 1, 1999, is responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting such as Voice Of America and Radio Free Europe. Shell was named President of NBCUniversal International in 2011 after serving for six years as President of Comcast Programming Group, overseeing Comcast’s group of networks. He also is a former CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International and and held a number of positions within News Corp, including President of FOX Cable Networks Group overseeing FOX’s entertainment and sports cable programming business. Shell also worked in the Strategic Planning Group at the Walt Disney Company and at Salomon Brothers Inc. Shell currently serves on the board of the National Constitution Center. He is one of seven people announced today by the White House as nominees for various administration posts.
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