A+E Networks UK Appoints Former Viacom Exec As Programming VP

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A+E Networks UK has found a new Vice-President of Programming. The company today announced that they have recruited former All3Media and Viacom exec Heather Jones to fill the role which was left vacant when Adam MacDonald accepted a position at BSkyB as the new Director of Sky1.

Jones, who has previously MD of Paramount Comedy when the channel rebranded as Comedy Central in 2006, will take up the post later this month and report to A+E Networks UK’s Managing Director Tom Davidson. She will be responsible for A+E Networks UK’s programming strategy across the company’s channels in the UK, Central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece & Africa; driving audience growth through original commissions and co-productions; A+E Networks’ US output and third-party acquisitions; as well as increasing the international expansion of A+E Networks UK’s portfolio of channels which includes History, Crime & Investigation, H2, Bio and Lifetime, which is set to launch in the UK later this year.

“Heather Jones will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to our team”, said Tom Davidson, Managing Director of A+E Networks UK. “Her proven track record of driving audience growth and channel expansion across a variety of international networks and content genres makes her the perfect candidate for the role. I look forward to working with Heather on delivering an even greater range of brand-defining and innovative programming across all our networks.”

While Heather Jones added: “I am delighted to be joining A+E Networks UK at such an exciting time. It will be a privilege to work across channels such as History and H2 that are recognised for their ground-breaking content, and I’m especially looking forward to leading the launch of a brand new entertainment channel. There’s a fantastic team at A+E Networks, and I can’t wait to work alongside them to deliver stand-out programming across their entire portfolio of channels and territories.”