Jarl Mohn, founding CEO of Liberty Digital and ex-CEO of E! Entertainment Television will take the president/CEO slot at National Public Radio in July.
The 62-year-old executive will succeed Paul G. Haaga Jr, acting chief since last year.
Currently, Mohn serves as chairman of Southern California Public Radio.
Kit Jensen, NPR chairman, said in a statement that Mohn’s “background as a successful media executive and innovator makes him ideally suited to lead NPR as it continues to expand its reach and play a unique role in public service journalism and cultural programming.”
He possesses “a deep commitment to the public radio system, love of radio and passion for quality journalism.”
Mohn, who began his career as a disc jockey in 1967 and was on-air talent for WNBC-AM in New York during the 1970s, also was GM of MTV and VHI.