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PBS Appoints Sylvia Bugg as Vice President, Programming

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ARLINGTON, VA; January 8, 2020— PBS today named Sylvia Bugg as Vice President, Programming. She will report to Perry Simon, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager for General Audience Programming. 

In this role, Sylvia will oversee the General Audience Programming editorial team and lead the strategy across all genres— including news, public affairs, documentaries, history, science, natural history and arts programs. She will start her new position on February 10, 2020.

“We’re excited to welcome Sylvia back to PBS. Her extensive background in strategic, mission-based content, paired with her knowledge of the public media system, will be invaluable as we continue to provide programming that reflects our diverse audience and the local communities we serve,” Simon said.

Most recently, Sylvia served as Vice President of Diversity and TV Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In this role, she provided strategic leadership and was responsible for CPB’s efforts to advance diversity across public media through the collaboration and support of content creators, distributors and partnering organizations.

Prior to joining CPB, Sylvia was a Director of General Audience Programming at PBS, where she led efforts to develop a portfolio of drama, performance and cultural programs. She also held several programming roles in history and public affairs at PBS from 1993-1999. Sylvia spent 12 years in programming, operations and production for several Discovery Communications networks.

Sylvia holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, an MA in Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Communications from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

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