Statement From Patricia Harrison on the Death of David Liroff

May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2022) – Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), released the following statement today regarding the death of David Liroff, a longtime executive of WGBH and former CPB senior vice president, system development and media strategy:

“Over the course of his long career, David Liroff was a serious champion of public television and a pioneer in using audience research to make data-driven improvements in programming.

“David was a visionary who encouraged public television stations to produce original programming and who paid attention to how audiences responded to what they were being offered and constantly examined how to better promote public TV programs.

“His keen intellect and passion for public broadcasting’s mission made him an inspiring leader in the industry.

May his memory be a blessing to his family and all who knew him.”


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