The Discovery Channel announced the promotion of Abby Greensfelder from director of programming and strategy to VP of programming and development, taking over for Dan Salerno (who is now VP, program planning, for Discovery Networks. See Plus, November 21/02). Greensfelder’s new responsibilities include acquisitions, program development and managing the channel’s programming budget.
The BBC has confirmed the appointment of Keith Scholey as controller for the specialist factual department, a job he has doing since April. As reported in last week’s Plus, Scholey will be vacating his position as head of the Beeb’s natural history unit, and the pubcaster will begin looking for a replacement.
Endemol UK has hired Peter Cowley to fill the newly created position of director of interactive media. Cowley and his division will continue to work closely with 50%-owned Victoria Real on such interactive programming as Big Brother.
Granada has appointed James Crosby to its board as a non-executive director. Crosby is chief executive of Halifax and Bank of Scotland (HBOS), and his financial expertise should come in handy as Granada negotiates its merger with Carlton.
According to the Guardian, David Docherty, the head of U.K. cablecaster Telewest, is leaving his job at the end of the month. Docherty joined the financially troubled cable company in 2000. He was formerly a director of television at the BBC.
Over at BBC Birmingham, Andy Pike, a former diplomat, will take over the post of press and PR manager when Simon Channon retires in December. Pike was most recently the head of press and public affairs at the British embassy in Dublin, Ireland.
The WPA Film Library, an Orland Park, U.S.-based archival film house, has a new general manager: Nicola Goelzhaeuser. Most recently the director of business development, Goelzhaeuser has been with the WPA for seven years.