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The return of John Ford

Apparently John Ford just couldn't say goodbye to the broadcasting realm. Just months after realscreen reported on his departure from National Geographic and his plans to enter the world of independent production, Discovery Communications announces Ford's appointment as president of the Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel.
October 1, 2007

Apparently John Ford just couldn’t say goodbye to the broadcasting realm. Just months after realscreen reported on his departure from National Geographic and his plans to enter the world of independent production, Discovery Communications announces Ford’s appointment as president of the Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel.

Ford was with Discovery for 13 years prior to his start at Nat Geo in 2003. In those 13 years he helped launch HD Theater, served as president of the Discovery Health Channel, launched discoveryhealth.com and was EVP and GM of TLC.

Ford recently left his position as EVP of programming at Nat Geo to focus on creating feature-length docs through the launch of production company Bassett Ridge Productions. That plan seems to be on hold with his return to Discovery.

And he returns, after four years away, to work with new management at Discovery, including David Zaslav and Bruce Campbell. Clint Stinchcomb had been overseeing Discovery Times and Military, but with Ford’s appointment is now shifting to focus on the company’s HD strategy, including the management of HD Theater and Turbo Media, a multi-platform destination for all things motorized that will air on TLC and HD Theater.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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