Scripps Networks has announced that Kathleen Finch, most recently senior vice president and general manager of its DIY Network, is moving to head up HGTV. Andy Singer, senior vice president of programming at DIY for the past two years, has been upped to SVP/GM for the net.
Finch has been with Scripps since 1999, having worked with Food Network as SVP, primetime programming prior to her time at DIY. Pre-Scripps, Finch was a producer for CBS News. She’s now tasked with leading all aspects of HGTV’s production and program development, and will report to HGTV president Jim Samples.
‘Kathleen has led DIY Network to spectacular success in ratings, revenue and recognition,’ said Samples. ‘Her track record for developing compelling and entertaining programming is strong, and her addition will solidify HGTV’s position as America’s leader in home and lifestyle programming.’
Singer joined DIY from HGTV, where he was VP of original programming. Prior to Scripps, he was a producer at VH1. ‘His level-headed approach to management and his objective understanding of our category approach to business will serve DIY Network well,’ said Burton Jablin, executive vice president, Scripps Networks and president of the company’s home category.
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