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RUSSELL BAKER TO HOST MASTERPIECE THEATRE

 NEW YORK, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Russell Baker, Pulitzer Prize- winning author, essayist, humorist and New York Times columnist, has been named the new host of Masterpiece Theatre. Baker, who has provided readers a unique perspective on events momentous and trivial for more than 30 years, will assume his duties as guide and companion for viewers of the Mobil-funded, WGBH Boston, series beginning next October on PBS. Baker, who will continue to write his "Observer" column for The New York Times, succeeds Alistair Cooke who retired last fall after 22 years as host. (Last broadcast on Nov. 29.)
 "Working with Baker is a delightful prospect," said WGBH's Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre. "In the tradition of Masterpiece Theatre, he is an elegant essayist with a fine appreciation of good literature and drama. As a journalist, he has the special gifts of sensing what people need to know and writing in a clear voice which they can instantly hear."
 In reaction to his newest assignment, Baker said "Being asked how you'd like to succeed Alistair Cooke on Masterpiece Theatre is like being asked how you'd like to pitch the seventh game of the World Series. What red-blooded American boy can say no to a challenge like that? May the gods of television be merciful."
 Commenting on his successor, Alistair Cooke said the choice "...couldn't be better. Baker is bound to be as engaging on the tube as he is on the page."
 "Mobil is delighted to welcome Russell Baker as the new host of Masterpiece Theatre, television's longest running prime-time continuing drama series," said Peter A. Spina, vice president corporate public affairs, Mobil Corporation. "As a matter of fact we've been neighbors on the New York Times Op-Ed page for just as long and fans for even longer. We know that he will bring his unique insight, wit and style to television and develop an equally loyal following in this medium."
 Baker began his career as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun in 1947. From 1952-54 he was their correspondent in London where he covered the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and wrote the weekly feature "Window on Fleet Street" which captured the political, social and cultural flavor of London for American readers. In 1954 he joined The New York Times Washington Bureau where he covered the White House, Congress, State Department and national politics. He began writing the "Observer" column for the Times editorial page in 1962 and in 1979 the column earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary.
 He is the author of 14 books, including "Baker's Dozen" (1964), "Poor Russell's Almanac" (1972), "Growing Up" (1982), which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and "The Good Times" (1989). He has earned 12 honorary degrees and numerous other awards. Baker, 67, lives in northern Virginia with his wife Mimi.
 Masterpiece Theatre is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston, where Rebecca Eaton is series executive producer. Mobil Corporation has been its sole underwriter.
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 /CONTACT: Harry Forbes of PBS, 212-708-3001, or Frank Goodman of Masterpiece Theatre, 212-246-4180, or Johanna Baker of WGBH/New York, 212-708-3022/


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