The BBC names its new head of arts commissioning; A&E loses a senior VP; CBC/Radio-Canada's French TV exec steps down
August 1, 2002

The BBC has named Franny Moyle, formerly creative director of arts, as its new head of arts commissioning. She will order over 245 hours of arts and music programs each year for the Beeb’s terrestrial and digital channels, and will oversee an annual budget of £50 million (US$78 million). Moyle succeeds Roly Keating, who vacated the post last December to become controller of BBC4.

Allen Sabinson is leaving his post as senior VP of programming for A&E Television Networks. Sabinson joined A&E in 1999 as a program consultant, moving to senior VP of programming in spring 2001.

Effective at the beginning of September, Michele Fortin will no longer hold her position as executive VP of the French television network at CBC/Radio-Canada. Daniel Gourd, currently general manager of programming at Radio-Canada Television, will assume Fortin’s duties until a permanent replacement is found.

Laura Nelson has joined VH1 as senior VP of communications. She will oversee all communications for the channel. Nelson makes the move from Oxygen Media.

NATPE in Los Angeles, U.S. has named two new members to its board of directors: Emerson Coleman, VP of programming for Hearst Argyle TV in New York, U.S., and Stephen Davis, CEO of Carlton American in Studio City, U.S.

Scripps Networks in Knoxville, U.S. has introduced a round of people moves. At HGTV, Michael Dingley has moved up from VP of programming to senior VP of programming; Melissa Sykes has been named VP of programming from director of programming; and Rita Mauceri has joined the channel as director of programming. At Scripps Productions, Kristy Bruce has become an executive producer, Ali Clift has been promoted to producer, and Chandra Streifel has been appointed video-on-demand producer.

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