Scripps Networks Taps Jablin As President

by , Sep 5, 2013, 11:13 AM
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Scripps Networks -- home Food Network, HGTV, and other networks --  is making some senior executive changes.
John Lansing is retiring after nine years as president of Scripps Networks operating division. He will continue as a consultant. Scripps Networks is a unit of Scripps Network Interactive.

Longtime Scripps executive Burton Jablin will take over the top spot. Jablin has been president of the company’s home category, which includes HGTV, DIY Network, its Web sites and other businesses.

Kathleen Finch will take over Jablin’s position. She had been senior vice president and general manager of HGTV and DIY Network. In addition to HGTV and DIY Network, the Scripps Networks operating division includes Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Great American Country and related businesses.

Total annual revenues generated at Scripps Network Interactive have tripled to $2.3 billion in 2012 from $724 million in 2004, when Lansing took over the top operating position. Scripps says revenues for the company’s lifestyle media segment are up another 10% through the first six months of 2013.

Lansing came to Scripps Networks in January 2004 as executive vice president from The E. W. Scripps Company, where he had been senior vice president for television in charge of the company’s 10 broadcast television stations. He was promoted to president of Scripps Networks in January 2005.

Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, stated: “It’s to John’s credit that Scripps Networks today is one of the industry’s shining stars, having defined lifestyle media as a content genre for television and the growing array of interactive media platforms.”

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