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Nat Geo in the cards for Cascio

Michael Cascio, NBC's new vice president of cable programming, sees National Geographic in his future. 'It's been brought up to me that at some point I'd be involved in [Nat Geo]. I haven't gotten involved yet just because I've got my...
February 1, 2000

Michael Cascio, NBC’s new vice president of cable programming, sees National Geographic in his future. ‘It’s been brought up to me that at some point I’d be involved in [Nat Geo]. I haven’t gotten involved yet just because I’ve got my hands full with other stuff, and there are other people doing that, but it’s safe to say that’s part of what [NBC News president] Andy Lack would like me to be involved in.’

Nat Geo Television and NBC joined forces in 1996 to form National Geographic Channels Worldwide. Fox Entertainment Group came onboard last spring and holds 50% ownership; NBC and NGT maintain 25% each.

Cascio says Lack’s offer to join NBC’s cable arm came out of the blue last October, but was too good to pass up. ‘I had a great job. I had one of the best jobs in television, being the head of programming for A&E, but the challenge here was irresistible,’ he says. His responsibilities currently include finding documentaries for MSNBC and CNBC. In terms of what type of non-fiction programming Cascio will be scouting, he says, ‘It’s a news network with a news reputation. I think that should inform anything that we do here because [the point is] to add to rather than change the network in any way.’

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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