Simon Marks to depart from NewsHour

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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions President Simon Marks is leaving his post at the end of this month, he told Current in an email today (Sept. 6). “I’ve realized over the past year that I greatly miss my daily dose of newsroom adrenalin,” he said. Marks is returning to his own company, Feature Story News, in both on-air and production roles. He has spent several weeks devising a management structure for the transition, and his predecessor Les Crystal will expand his ongoing advisory and consultative work during that time.

Marks was associate executive producer for PBS NewsHour before his promotion last July. He was instrumental in the program’s shift to a platform-neutral, cohesive newsroom blending both on-air and online newsgathering operations (Current, Jan. 11, 2010). (Image: PBS/Jake Landis)

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