Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Gene F. Jankowski

Gene F. Jankowski - President and Chairman of the CBS Broadcasting Group; Founder of Jankowski Communications Systems; Member of the Board of Advisors of and Advisor Managing Director Veronis Suhler Stevenson; Chairman of the Board at the Trans-Lux Corporation


Gene F. Jankowski

Gene F. Jankowski is a member of the Board of Advisors of Veronis Suhler Stevenson. From 1995 through 2004 he was an Advisor Managing Director of VSS. Mr. Jankowski focuses his activities on television broadcasting, filmed entertainment, radio broadcasting, and subscription video services. In 1994, Mr. Jankowski joined VSS after a 28-year career at CBS. In 1970 he was appointed General Sales Manager of WCBSTV, the CBS flagship station in New York. He then became Vice President of Sales for the nationwide CBS Television stations division and was later named Vice President and Controller for CBS Inc. In 1977, Mr. Jankowski became President and Chairman of the CBS Broadcasting Group, a position he held for 12 years until 1989, when he left CBS to form his own company. Mr. Jankowski graduated from Canisius College and Michigan State University with a master's degree in radio, television and film. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Canisius College and Michigan State. Mr. Jankowski is Chairman of the Board at the Trans-Lux Corporation. He is the co-author of Reflections on Television: It Won't Be What You Think.

http://www.vss.com/team/board_of_advisors/index.asp?d_Bio_ID=43 (Proof Positive)

The Class of 1955 is loaded with alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their professions and communities, and have also stayed connected with Canisius College. Joseph J. Castiglia ’55, Anthony J. Colucci ’55, Richard A. DiVita '55 and Gene F. Jankowski ’55 are all recipients of the alumni association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The same group, along with Harrison R. Naylor ‘55, also served on the college’s Board of Trustees. Robert B. Adams ’55, Joseph F. Crangle ’55, Thomas J. Dougherty ’55, J. Francis Drea ’55 and Larry Felser ’55 are also past recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Robert B. Adams ’55 and Robert D. Morgan ’55 went on to become major generals in the U.S. Army. Several classmates have also established endowed scholarships at Canisius: Charles Borzilleri, Joseph J. Castiglia, Anthony J. Colucci, Richard A. DiVita, Thomas J. Dougherty, Gene F. Jankowski, John D. Naples, Harrison R. Naylor and Hugh M. Neeson.

Gene F. Jankowski (Fellow) formed his own company, Jankowski Communications Systems in August 1989. Prior to this he was chair of the CBS Broadcast Group. Formerly he served as president since 1977 and before that was executive vice president of the Group and vice president of administration of CBS, Inc. respectively. Jankowski began his career with CBS in 1961 as an account executive with its Radio Network Sales Division, becoming an eastern sales manager in five years later. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Jankowski received a B.S. from Canisius College and an M.A. in radio/television and film from Michigan State University. In March 1979, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree, also from Michigan State. In February 1983, Jankowski received the Distinguished Communications Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Southern Baptist Radio and TV Commission. Jankowski is past chairman of the American Film Institute. a trustee of the Advertising Educational Foundation and a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Introduction....+(Directory)-a014882904 (Proof Positive II)
Television Today and Tomorrow
It Won't Be What You Think
Gene F. Jankowski and David C. Fuchs

Today the media is awash in exuberant tales of the arrival of the information superhighway, when television will explode with exciting possibilities, offering some five hundred channels as well as a marriage of television and computer that will provide, on command, access to unlimited bits of information. In Television Today and Tomorrow , Gene Jankowski-- former President and Chairman of the CBS Broadcast Group--and David Fuchs--also a former top executive at CBS--predict a bumpy road ahead for the information superhighway, and the major TV networks, they say, are abundantly healthy and will remain so well into the next century.

The information superhighway, the authors admit, will dramatically increase the distribution channels, but it will have little impact on the amount of programming created--and this may spell disaster. Jankowski and Fuchs point out that the media blitz has hardly focused on programming, or funding, or on what needs these five hundred channels will fill. The major networks will remain the only means of reaching the whole country, and the only channels that offer a full schedule of current, live, and original programs, free of charge.

This is a brass tacks look at television with an eye on the bottom line by two men who boast over sixty years of experience in the medium. If you want to understand television in America, where it came from and where it is going, you will need to read this book.

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