Morning Media Newsfeed: NPR Appoints CEO | Colbert’s Successor Named | Clippers Tap Parsons

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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO (FishbowlDC)
The board of directors of NPR announced Friday that it has selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. WSJ Mohn is becoming the fifth leader in a five-year stretch marred by scandal and financial woes. Mohn hails from a flashier background than some of his predecessors at NPR. He spent years as a radio DJ, under the pseudonym Lee Masters, and served as an executive at MTV and VH1 before creating and running E! Entertainment Television. He subsequently served as chief executive of Liberty Digital Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty Media Group focused on interactive and cable television. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohn, who currently serves as chairman of Southern California Public Radio, will begin his tenure as CEO on July 1. He was recruited by acting CEO Paul Haaga, who had been running the network since September after the unexpected resignation of Gary Knell, who left to join National Geographic. Deadline New York Knell left NPR after 21 months on the job, succeeding Vivian Schiller, who was forced to resign over a string of controversies. In September NPR hoped to cut its staff by 10 percent by offering staffers a voluntary buyout. It was part of a two-year plan to eliminate an operating cash deficit expected to hit $6.1 million. HuffPost / AP Board chair Kit Jensen says Mohn has a keen ability to identify media and consumer trends and has a strong track record on diversity and fairness. Mohn said in a statement that he considers the new position a mission, not a job.

A Successor to Colbert Is Named (NYT)
What comes after The Colbert Report? On Comedy Central it will be The Minority Report, and the host will be the “senior black correspondent” from The Daily Show — otherwise known as Larry Wilmore. Capital New York Wilmore will host the scripted comedy panel show that will be “a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television,” the network said in announcing the pickup. Daily Show host Jon Stewart conceived the idea along with Wilmore, and his Busboy Productions will produce the new show, as it does currently for The Colbert Report. Mashable The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore will launch in January 2015, shortly after Colbert’s contract at Comedy Central runs out. Colbert will then have a number of months to prepare for the jump to CBS, where he’s taking over The Late Show from David Letterman. Variety The selection of the African-American Wilmore breaks up the white-male homogeneity to most of late night TV. Wilmore started as an actor and standup comedian before transitioning to writing and producing. He won an Emmy for writing the pilot episode of The Bernie Mac Show and was in line to be showrunner of a new comedy that ABC just picked up, Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson. It appears that Wilmore will stay with Black-ish for the time being to get the show up and running before shifting his focus to Minority Report.

Ex-Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons to Oversee LA Clippers (Variety)
Former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons will be appointed interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the NBA. THR Parsons, 66, preceded Jeffrey Bewkes as Time Warner chief. He exited the company at the end of 2008 and was named Citigroup chairman in January 2009, serving until April 2012. The NBA is turning to the veteran media executive following NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s pledge to force a sale of the Clippers after audio recordings emerged of Donald Sterling, the team’s owner, making racist remarks. Poynter / MediaWire The NBA banned Sterling from involvement in the league for life, Silver announced on April 29. Parsons, whose appointment takes effect immediately, is a senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners and serves on the board of the Commission on Presidential Debates. ESPN Parsons said Friday that he intends make Clippers coach Doc Rivers a “a full-fledged partner” as he takes command of the franchise while the league determines Sterling’s fate. Parsons said he’s spoken to Rivers extensively this week and intends to lean on him to make basketball decisions for the franchise moving forward. Rivers also holds the title of senior vice president of player personnel.