Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
July 22, 2003
Appreciation to David O. Ives
Five in favor, one absent
Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of
DAVID O. IVES
Former President and CEO, WGBH, Boston
Public Broadcasting Pioneer
Winner, Ralph Lowell Award
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of David O. Ives, who, during a 40-year career with WGBH Boston, helped to shape the landscape of public broadcasting in Boston, New England, and nationwide.
Under his leadership, many of public television's signature shows first came to the air. He was the force behind "Nova," "Mystery," "Frontline," and "Masterpiece Theatre," among others. He pioneered the "how-to" genre with shows like "The French Chef," "Crockett's Victory Garden," and "This Old House." But even as these shows gained a national following, he ensured that WGBH continued to reflect and serve Boston's multi-ethnic community with programs like "La Plaza" and "Say Brother."
Once called public broadcasting's "super salesman," David Ives became a familiar face during WGBH's on-air fundraising, including the annual auction that, under his leadership, grew to involve hundreds of towns and thousands of volunteers across New England. He brought that same enthusiasm for public broadcasting to his service on the boards of key national organizations, including the Public Broadcasting Service and the Association of Public Television Stations.
We join his family, friends and colleagues in our deep gratitude for his life and work.