C-SPAN Names Three To New Positions

By SteveK 

C-SPAN has announced three new appointments to the senior management team.

Richard Weinstein, an 18-year C-SPAN veteran, has been named managing editor of the network. It is a newly created position. Ira Lazernik joins the network as director of production operations. He previously was production manager at WTTG-TV in D.C. Adam Sharp moves from the political side to the media, entering the newly-created position of executive producer, digital services.

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C-SPAN co-presidents Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain are pleased to announce three new appointments to the cable network’s editorial/technical senior management team, with an eye toward the network’s continuing digital conversion and ongoing enhancements to C-SPAN’s public affairs product.

Richard Weinstein, an 18-year C-SPAN veteran, has been named to the newly-created position of Managing Editor where he will serve as operations deputy to programming VP Terence Murphy. Richard brings experience in editorial, technical, marketing, and management to this position. The Field Department and Assignment Desk will report to Richard and he will be responsible for providing oversight and coordination of C-SPAN’s daily event coverage and major productions and help introduce ongoing technical improvements to C-SPAN’s product.

Ira Lazernik has been named Director of Production Operations. Ira joins C-SPAN from WTTG-TV (Fox) in Washington, DC, where he has served as production manager for the past decade. Ira brings thirty years of television production management experience to C-SPAN. He will oversee master control operations for the three C-SPAN channels as well as the network’s studio production and editing units; he will also be involved with the network’s continuing digital conversion process.

Adam Sharp has been named to the newly-created position of Executive Producer, Digital Services, with responsibility for editorial development and oversight of the network’s C-SPAN.org home page and editorial enhancements to daily public affairs coverage on C-SPAN 3. Adam brings to this new role experience on Capitol Hill, in journalism, and in digital technology conversion. He joins C-SPAN on February 2nd from the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) where he has served as Deputy Chief of Staff. From 1992 until 2001, Adam worked for NBC News in a variety of positions, most recently manager of eBusiness and digitization.

“As we begin the new year, we are excited to welcome new colleagues into these positions. Their professional experiences complement well the enormous talent pool of our existing management team,” said Kennedy and Swain. “With their help, we’re looking forward to building on C-SPAN’s success by continuing to improve the quality and quantity of the public affairs coverage we offer.”