The Broadcasting Board of Governors on Aug. 17, 2015, appointed John Lansing, the former head of the Scripps Networks cable television programming empire, to be the head of the board. Lansing assumed the role vacated by former CBS executive Andrew Lack, who was in the job 42 days before leaving to head NBC News.
Lansing was born July 31, 1957, in Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Mary School in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1975 and at age 17 took a job as a news photographer for a local television station, WPSD. In 1980 he moved to Louisville’s WAVE as that station’s chief news photographer and subsequently the newsroom’s managing editor. Lansing also started college in Louisville, attending Bellarmine University from 1983 to 1985 but leaving without a degree.
Lansing began a common television career path of staying a few years at a station and moving on. From 1986 to 1988, he was news director at WWMT in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He then returned to Minneapolis as assistant news director at KARE and two years later moved over to competitor WCCO as that station’s news director. Lansing moved to Chicago in 1994 as WBBM’s news director.
In 1995, Lansing moved into station management as vice president and station manager at WXYZ in Detroit. He moved to Cleveland’s WEWS in 1997 as vice president and general manager. Both those stations were owned by the E.W. Scripps’ media chain.
Lansing took over as Scripps’ senior vice president for television in 2001 and was in…