The Senate has confirmed Utahn Winter D. Horton Jr. as a member of the board of directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Horton, a former communications director for Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, has had extensive experience in television.In 1960, he cofounded KCET, the public broadcasting station in Los Angeles. From 1965 to 1970, he was vice president for development of National Educational Television, the forerunner of the Public Broadcasting System.
In 1972 and 1973, he was also a consultant for Children's Television Workshop, which developed "Sesame Street."
His other background in broadcasting includes being president of Centre Films in Hollywood from 1971 to 1989, which produces films and documentaries for PBS; a producer at KFSD in San Diego; and a member of the advisory board for KUED in Salt Lake City.
Horton was also a vice president of marketing for daytimer company Franklin Quest when Bennett headed that company, and then joined his Senate staff when Bennett was elected. He has worked for him part time in recent years but will end that with his new appointment.
Horton's nomination sailed through the Senate, even though he created some controversy during his confirmation hearing when he said PBS should continue to ban advertising - which was attacked by some conservatives who want PBS to be more self-sufficient.
Horton said during that hearing, "I can't imagine `Sesame Street's' Count van Count `selling' anything but numbers, or Fred Rogers `selling' anything but the concept of `you are a very special person.' "
He added, "Basically, commercial stations are supported by advertising, but education deserves public support."