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Brian Lamb, C-SPAN Founding CEO, Stepping Down

03/18/12 07:06 PM ET AP

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05: President and CEO of C-SPAN Brian Lamb smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- 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.

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

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.

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05: Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Harper Lee (C) smiles with C-SPAN President and CEO Brian Lamb (L) and Liberia president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) during the presentation ceremony of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the medal's 2007 recipients in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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