BET Networks has new programming leadership in place. A former MTV executive, Loretha Jones, and Stephen Hill, a BET vet, will share the same title: president of programming. Both will report to Debra L. Lee, the network CEO.
Jones will be based in Los Angeles; Hill will remain in New York.
Their duties are divided along creative lines. Jones is responsible for all original programming, news, development and acquisitions for the African-American-targeted network. Hill will handle all music programming and specials.
Lee called the hires "the next step in our evolution."
Before coming on board with BET, Jones, an attorney, was executive vice president of MTV Films/Paramount Pictures. Her TV-producing credits include the series "The Parent 'Hood" and "My Super Sweet 16." She also produced various films, including "The Meteor Man" and "The Five Heartbeats."
Hill, considered a key executive in the music industry, was previously the executive vice president of music programming and talent at BET. He is in charge of production for several shows, including "106 & Park," "Rap City" and "The Deal." Prior to joining BET nine years ago, Hill worked at MTV.
BET Networks, a division of Viacom, reaches more than 87 million households, according to Nielsen Media Research. It can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.