The Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission yesterday named Archie L. Buffkins interim president of Maryland Public Television, replacing Raymond K.K. Ho, who was fired Monday by the board.
Dr. Buffkins, MPT's senior vice president for broadcasting, had served as a member of the commission for 10 years as an appointee of Gov. Harry Hughes before joining Ho's management team in 1992. He holds a doctoral degree in music from Columbia University and has served as chancellor of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
"We are extremely pleased to have a person of Dr. Buffkins' background to provide the necessary leadership at MPT during this transitional period," David H. Nevins, chairman of the commission, said in a prepared statement. "He has the full support of the staff and commission."
Mr. Nevins told MPT staffers of Dr. Buffkins' appointment during a 30-minute meeting yesterday afternoon. He also told the staff a national search was being launched to find a permanent replacement for Mr. Ho, who in nine years had made MPT into a premier programming source for PBS.
Mr. Ho's dismissal Monday came after he publicly charged that Gov. Parris N. Glendening was trying to politicize MPT through Mr. Nevins, whom Mr. Glendening had named to chair the commission.
Dr. Buffkins was not available for comment; Mr. Nevins said that he spoke to the staff but declined to disclose specifics.