Johnathan Rodgers will retire this summer as president-CEO of TV One, the network he helped found in 2004. With Radio One and Comcast as part owners, the network was profitable after five years and is now in 53 million homes.
Rodgers will end a lengthy career that included launching multiple networks at Discovery Communications, including Animal Planet, and flipping The Learning Channel into TLC. He joined Discovery in 1996 as president of its U.S. networks group, and was there prior to devising the plans for TV One.
Rodgers was also an executive producer at CBS News and ran the CBS Television Stations group.
He was educated as a journalist at University of California at Berkeley and began his career as a writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated in 1967 before moving into TV.
About TV One, Rodgers stated: "I was able to bring all my experiences from my previous jobs to help create this wonderful network. I want to thank Brian Roberts and Comcast for their support, and especially Alfred Liggins (Radio One president) for his vision in creating and funding TV One and for allowing me to run it for the past seven years.
"There could have been no better way to cap off a long and satisfying career in the television business for me than to help build a sustainable channel that African American adults, indeed all Americans, can be very proud of."