Brian Roberts of Forest Hill has been named executive producer of MotorWeek, Maryland Public Television's long-running national automotive series. In his new role, Roberts will oversee all aspects of the daily production of the PBS show that airs weekly in 92 percent of public television markets nationwide.
"Brian Roberts is a tremendous asset to the MotorWeek team, keeping all the day-to-day production elements on track so that new episodes can be delivered each week," MotorWeek's creator and host John Davis said in a press release. "As MotorWeek gets ready to launch season 32, Brian's skills will help ensure the road ahead is a smooth one."
Roberts' key responsibilities include managing all business and logistical aspects of the production process; coordinating advance drives of the latest vehicles from all over the world; securing funding for co-productions and ancillary work; and serving as the primary production liaison with PBS and other distribution partners such as Discovery's Velocity and the V-me Spanish language network.
Roberts joined MotorWeek in 1993 and prior to the promotion to his new position, he served as producer for 11 years. He earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Towson University. Roberts is also a member of the International Motor Press Association and the Washington Automotive Press Association.
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Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). MPT's six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Frequent winner of regional Emmy awards, MPT creates local, regional and national television shows. Beyond broadcast, MPT's commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers and learners of all ages is manifest in its year-round instructional events and super-website Thinkport which garners in excess of 1.4 million visits annually.