People on the Move

Five shortlists eight candidates to replace Airey; Nat Geo Ventures appoints a new president; Canada's Rogers Cable appoints a new chairman
December 19, 2002

The search for someone to replace former head of the U.K.’s Five (formerly Channel 5) Dawn Airey has been narrowed down to a shortlist of roughly eight names, according to The Guardian. At the top of the list is David Frank, RDF’s founder and chief executive. (RDF is the prodco responsible for the popular Channel 4 format Faking It). Airey left Five in September to head up BskyB’s Sky Networks. The position is not expected to be filled before the new year.

Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Ventures, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, has announced the appointment of Dennis Patrick as its new president. Formerly the president of AOL Wireless and CEO of Time Warner, Patrick will be responsible for Nat Geo’s television and feature-film production, as well as the cable channels.

The board of Toronto, Canada-based cablecaster Rogers Cable Inc. announced the appointments of John H. Tory to the position of chairman and Edward Rogers as president and chief operating officer. Tory is currently the CEO of the cable company, a position that he will maintain. Both appointments will take effect in January 2003.

Robert S. Lemle has resigned from his position as general counsel to Cablevision Systems and will leave at the end of the year. Lemle will remain on the company’s board of directors and will act as a senior legal advisor.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.