David Lyle (pictured) has been named CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S., taking on responsibility for its global programming, with National Geographic Channels president Steve Schiffman reporting into him, effective immediately.
Lyle had most recently been working with the National Geographic management team as the head of West Coast development since March, as previously reported.
“David brings extensive creative experience and a strong international perspective to this critical role,” said Tim Kelly, president of the National Geographic Society. “He will be focused on delivering compelling popular programming that reflects, enhances and delivers on the substance of the National Geographic brand and mission.”
Lyle will be responsible for the overall supervision of the domestic channels – which include the flagship National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo – and will report to the National Geographic Channels board. He will be based in NGC headquarters in Washington DC.
In a statement, Lyle said: “Heading up the National Geographic Channels is a dream job. I will be working with an extraordinary brand and a great team that I’ve come to know and respect over the past few months. I am fortunate to be able to lead a group that consistently delivers top-notch non-fiction programming that resonates with audiences.”
Lyle has been with the Fox Networks Group – which jointly runs the Nat Geo network alongside the National Geographic Society – since 2005.
He previously served as president of Fox Look, a division specializing in the licensing and production of reality formats, and before that as president of the Fox Reality channel.
Prior to joining Fox, he served in senior exec positions at a range of production and TV companies including FremantleMedia, Pearson Television and Australia’s Nine Network.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Lyle began his career as an exploration geologist and high school chemistry teacher, before entering the world of local TV as a researcher, writer and producer.