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Metro Brief: Former BET executive to lead WHUT-TV

District of Columbia

By Kerry-Ann Hamilton
On November 20, 2011

  • Jefferi Lee, who made strides at BET for 17 years, will now head WHUT-TV.

Howard University recently announced Jefferi K. Lee as the new General Manager of WHUT-TV. Lee brings nearly 30 years of broadcast media experience as a network executive.

 "We are thrilled to have Mr. Lee join us as the new leader for WHUT-TV," said Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau. "Howard Television has been a beacon for more than three decades. We envision a bright future for the station as a leader in public broadcasting with particular emphasis on issues affecting African Americans and people of color."

 At the helm, Lee plans to realign the station and its strategic priorities around President Ribeau's vision of the University. This includes forming key partnerships with businesses, organizations and campus-wide collaboration.

 "I am honored to be a part of the Howard University family as the new General Manager of WHUT-TV," Lee said. "Howard has a rich cultural legacy and has an extensive resource of talent throughout the campus. I look forward to working with the administration, faculty, staff and students as we continue to make a significant contribution in serving the Washington Metropolitan area."

 For 17 years, Lee helped lead Black Entertainment Television as the executive vice president of network operations and programming. In the high-profile position, Lee directed day-to-day operations of the cable network and more than 300 employees. Over the last decade, he has managed his own communications consulting firm, Lee Productions. He also served as senior executive for Bio-Defensive Research Group in Columbia, Md.

 WHUT-TV, Washington, DC, was the first public broadcasting station licensed to a predominantly African-American organization, Howard University. Founded in 1980, WHUT-TV reaches more than 2 million households in the greater Washington metro area annually. The Emmy award-winning station airs more than 3,500 hours of public affairs, educational and original programming each year including the flagship public affairs program Evening Exchange.

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