Contact: Jon AbbottRegion: United States

Title: President and CEO
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Region: United States

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WGBH is proud to be PBS’s single largest producer of Web and TV content (prime-time and children’s programs). Favourite series — Nova, Masterpiece, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow, Curious George, Arthur, and The Victory Garden, to name a few — are produced in Boston.


Listeners around the world rely on WGBH’s radio services: 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; WCAI for Cape Cod and the Islands; online streaming at; and such national productions or co-productions as The World and The Takeaway. WGBH is a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible to people with disabilities.


WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and two Academy Awards.


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Abbott joined WGBH as Vice President and General Manager in 1998, became Executive Vice President and COO in 2004, and was named President and CEO in October 2007. During his tenure as president, he has expanded WGBH's new media and educational efforts and partnerships through digital platforms that invite audiences to experience and share content at their convenience. These efforts build on Abbott's early and longstanding interest in mining the capabilities of broadband and online social networks to distribute public service media's distinctive content across an expanding array of digital devices.


While embracing the still considerable strength of traditional broadcasting, he has led WGBH in harnessing technology in service of WGBH’s public media aspirations. Abbott oversees 11 public TV services and 3 public radio services serving southern New England. He has worked closely with PBS to extend public media’s reach, spearheading the launch of the national digital services Create and World Channels and partnering with PBS to launch PBS LearningMedia, a free service for the nation’s educators offering classroom-ready digital resources and lesson plans. Abbott is a member of the boards of PBS, APT (American Public Television), and Arts Boston.

Before coming to WGBH, Abbott served as Senior Vice President for Development and Corporate Relations at PBS. Prior to that, he spent five years in senior management with San Francisco public station KQED. A longtime jazz enthusiast, Abbott got his start in broadcasting in 1981 at Columbia University station WKCR-FM.