Board Accepts Resignation of RFE/RL President and CEO Steven Korn

Washington, D.C.  – The Board of Directors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) today accepted the resignation of RFR/RL’s President and CEO, Steven Korn, to be effective January 25, 2013.  The Board thanked Mr. Korn for his service and noted his work to enhance RFE/RL operations.

“We appreciate the passion and energy Steve devoted to RFE/RL through a difficult time of change in the global media landscape, including strengthening its presence on digital platforms,” said Michael Lynton, presiding governor of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. “He was crucial to negotiating a new lease for our Prague headquarters and establishing a Journalists in Trouble fund, among other important advancements.  Steve’s background in the private sector, especially in broadcasting, made him our top choice, and he brought innovative approaches to his leadership.  With his resignation, we will immediately begin a search for a replacement.”

Korn was appointed in June 2011 and had previously worked for 17 years for Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.   From 1996 to 2000, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of CNN.

Interim leadership will be announced shortly, and the Board voted today to establish a search committee led by Governors Susan McCue, Michael Meehan, Victor Ashe and Dennis Mulhaupt.