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 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony Tiano today announced his resignation as KQED Inc.'s president and chief executive officer, effective at the end of April. Tiano, 51, has headed KQED since 1978 and is only the fifth president in the station's nearly 40-year history.
 In a memorandum to the KQED board of directors and staff, Tiano said he had accomplished the goals he had set for himself and KQED, and that he plans to pursue other commercial communications interests.
 "We have built a strong, vital and honored organization which serves the Bay Area with a range of services unparalleled in the country," Tiano said. "In all our areas of service, KQED ranks at or near the top of the public broadcasting industry, and the organization is poised for renewed growth."
 Board Chairwoman Charlene Harvey said, "During his nearly 15 years as president, Tony Tiano has built KQED not only into a major player in public television, but into one of the Bay Area's leading institutions.
 "In the past year, KQED has been hit hard by the recession, but Tony has handled the situation as fairly as possible. We, the board, have enormous respect for his talents and great appreciation for where he has taken the organization.
 "We're very sorry to see Tony go, and we're pleased that he will remain as president during the coming months as we launch a search for his successor," she added.
 Tiano told the board and staff in his memo that "KQED is through the heaviest seas and calmer water is ahead," referring to the organization's financial struggles, particularly during the past year. "It is the right time for change and renewal for KQED and for me."
 He joined KQED in August 1978 following a national search. He is credited with a number of accomplishments. These include: Building the most-watched public television station in the country; implementing a pioneering round-the-clock public radio news and information service (KQED-FM); launching and building a successful regional magazine (San Francisco Focus); building the most successful membership support and service operation in public broadcasting; building a television network that serves the largest population of K-12 students in the country; and the planning and construction of a new facility to house KQED's operations.
 "The Bay Area is a wonderfully exciting place to be, and KQED occupies a special position here," Tiano said. "The station plays a central role in the on-going debate about, well, just about everything. The opportunity to participate in the dialogue has been terrific."
 Harvey said she has recommended a search committee to the board to begin looking for a successor. Members of the committee include board vice chairmen W. Grid Toland and Ed Allen, Cynthia Magowan, Henry Kroll, Jonathan Rice and Tom Hsieh.
 "I'm confident," Harvey said, "that we can conduct a search deliberately and carefully, given that Tony will remain on board until May. Also, the organization is fortunate to have an experienced, capable management and staff to help run the operation effectively during this period of transition."
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 /CONTACT: Tony Tiano or Charlene Harvey, 415-553-2201, or Greg Sherwood, 415-553-2305, all of KQED/

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