People on the Move

UPC chairman and chief exec steps down, and Channel 5 poaches from Channel 4.
August 23, 2001

Mark Schneider is stepping down as chairman and chief executive of the financially troubled cable operator, United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC).

Jim Byrd, current executive director of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program, has been appointed executive VP of the Banff Television Foundation.

Southern Star head of factual Mike Blair has been lured back to Carlton TV, where he will run Carlton’s Midlands regional news service (based in Nottingham), beginning mid-October.

London’s Channel 5 has nabbed three executives from Channel 4: Dan Chambers, former editor of science at Channel 4 has been appointed controller of factual (including news and docs); Sue Murphy, former commissioning editor of factual entertainment at C4, takes up the newly created position of controller of factual entertainment (including lifestyle programming); and Andrew Newman, former head of programs at E4 (Channel 4′s digital entertainment channel) has been appointed controller of entertainment.

Sarah Barnett, former director of promotions at BBC London has joined BBC America as VP of creative services. Bob Reedy, former director of network development at TLC, has joined BBC America as well, in the capacity of director of scheduling.

Andrea Downing, former director of operations, consumer products for Discovery Communications, has joined PBS as VP of operations, PBS Businesses.

Nick Wilkinson, former director of programming and special projects at Fox Sports International has joined National Geographic Channels International as VP of network development.

After 11 years as head of acquisitions at TV4 Sweden, Tony Mendes has resigned.

Cindy McConkey, 10-year executive VP at Knoxville-based Ackermann PR & Marketing, is joining Scripps Networks (the company behind HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and Fine Living) as VP of communications.

Bill Mushrush has been appointed director of on-air promotions at TechTV. He had been director of creative services, affiliate advertising and promotion for NBC Entertainment.

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