Robert Weisberg Named chairman of CAMERA
BOSTON, Mass. — Robert Weisberg, an early innovator in the modern cable television industry, has been named the new chairman of the board of directors of CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Weisberg, whose distinguished career in communications media spans half a century, has long been an active supporter of CAMERA’s media monitoring. He succeeds Eli Herz.
“We’re so pleased to have Bob continue and intensify his involvement,” said CAMERA National President and Executive Director Andrea Levin. “Bob is unusually knowledgeable about both the Middle East and communications media, and is a most effective activist, as his long involvement with CAMERA has demonstrated.”
Weisberg’s work in broadcasting began in 1958 as a programming consultant to television stations throughout the country. In the ensuing years he helped create Home Box Office in 1972, and the original Bravo and AMC (American Movie Classics) channels a few years later.
“Bob has been a leading board member in the years we’ve grown to our current size and scope,” said CAMERA Associate Director Alex Safian. “We now have members not only in the United States and Israel but 11 other countries as well, Web sites in English, Spanish and Hebrew, and offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Israel in addition to Boston. Bob has been closely involved in our expansion and will be able to help direct us to further successes.”
A founder of the American Cable Association, Weisberg for many years also published two community newspapers in California. With his wife Doris, he has supported numerous charitable and educational projects in addition to CAMERA. Besides personally sponsoring a public school in Rohet, a rural village in India and developing a youth athletic park in Amagansett, N.Y., Weisberg and his wife have devoted much of their time and resources to the benefit of the Jewish communities in this country and Israel.