Brian Lamb, C-SPAN Founder, Steps Down After 34 Years

Brian Lamb, who founded C-SPAN in 1978, will step down as CEO and remain as board chairman. Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain take over as CEOs

Brian Lamb, who helped found the public-affairs cable network C-SPAN in 1978 and has been its CEO ever since, will step down at the end of the month, C-SPAN said Sunday.

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Lamb, 70, will turn the operation over to two co-CEOs, Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain. He will remain chairman of the board and take on the new title of executive chairman, C-SPAN said.

C-SPAN said the leadership transition has been years in the making. Kennedy, 55, and Swain, 57, have been co-presidents of the company since 2006. Swain joined C-SPAN in 1982, and Kennedy joined in 1987.

Washington-based C-SPAN is a nonprofit created and funded by cable and satellite TV companies. It employs 275 people.