BMI Board Adds NBCU Diversity Chief, Urban One Leader


The CEO of Urban One and the EVP/Chief Diversity Officer of NBCUniversal have been appointed to the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Board of Directors.

Both of their terms will begin April 1.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Alfred Liggins and Craig Robinson to the BMI Board of Directors,” said Caroline Beasley, Chairman of the BMI Board of Directors and CEO of Beasley Media Group. “Both Alfred and Craig have achieved incredible success at their respective companies, and they each bring innovative leadership, unique perspectives, and key expertise that will make them invaluable additions to the Board. The entire Board looks forward to working together with Alfred and Craig as we continue our mission to protect and grow the value of our songwriters’, composers’ and music publishers’ creative work.”

Liggins’ leadership at Urban One led to the company’s diversification beyond radio into the cable television and digital media spaces, as well as casino gaming resorts. He is the son and business partner of Cathy Hughes, the Urban One founder and chairperson who today remains a BMI Board Director. In October, however, her role will change to Honorary Director.

At NBCUniversal, Robinson works to define and build a culture that embraces and values diversity in its workforce, culture, content and perspectives.

Robinson earned the role in August 2011, and was formerly President/GM of KNBC-4 in Los Angeles. He joined NBC in 1996.