As GBH’s Senior Director of Programming, Ron Bachman oversees programming for the Boston station’s slate of six public television channels, including its two primary channels, GBH 2 and GBX 44, as well as channels in Springfield, MA and New Hampshire. He was instrumental in the creation and launch of GBH’s digital channels in 2004—the largest expansion of the station’s television services since 1967—including the non-fiction/documentary WORLD Channel, which is nationally distributed to 74 markets across the US, representing 70% of US TV households.
He is a past board member, vice president and president of the Public Television Programming Association (PTPA), a professional development organization. In 2010, the PTPA presented him with an Outstanding Leadership Award “for exemplary leadership and commitment to public television programmers,” and in 2013, American Public Television honored him with its annual “Most Valuable Player” award.
He has served on the editorial committees of the public television series P.O.V. and Reel South, and from 1990 to 1995, as a sideline, he wrote host Diana Rigg’s commentary for the PBS series Mystery!.