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AETN UK promotes schedulers, hires head of scheduling

AETN UK has appointed Stephen Roberts (pictured) in the newly created role of head of program scheduling, and promoted a number of its senior programming team across departments including commissioning and acquisitions.
September 1, 2011

AETN UK has appointed Stephen Roberts (pictured) in the newly created role of head of program scheduling, and promoted a number of its senior programming team across departments including commissioning and acquisitions.

Roberts comes to the network, a UK joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, having previously worked at Discovery Communications Europe, The Africa Channel, Hallmark and National Geographic Channel, among others.

He is responsible for managing a team of 10 program schedulers across all channels in the UK and Ireland, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Benelux, Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Reporting to Roberts are Lucy Chard, program schedule manager for History UK; Emily Wilde, program schedule manager for Crime & Investigation Network (CIN) UK; Poonam Patel, program schedule manager for BIO UK; and Richard Pearson, program scheduler for Military History UK.

Roberts reports to Adam MacDonald, VP of programming, who is responsible for setting the programming vision and strategies for AETN UK’s portfolio of factual channels across all markets.

“As a company, we are keen to build on our talented programming team, bringing new expertise into the business as well as promoting our in-house programming executives,” said MacDonald.

Elsewhere at the company, Rachel Job has been promoted from coproduction and acquisitions manager to head of acquisitions and commissioning for History and Military History. Meanwhile Sarah Proctor joins AETN UK as acquisitions and commissioning editor for the two channels, having previously served at Turner Broadcasting as a programming contracts coordinator.

Koulla Anastasi has been upped from senior manager for program content to head of acquisitions and commissioning for CIN and BIO; while Jinal Patel is promoted from senior acquisitions executive for BIO to senior editor for acquisitions and commissioning at CIN and BIO.

Michelle Clarke, previously acting revoicing production manager, has been promoted to acquisitions and commissioning coordinator across all channels.

In related news, A+E Networks has confirmed plans for programming to globally mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Emmy Award-winning documentary 102 Minutes That Changed America will simulcast globally on History on September 11 starting at 8:46 a.m. EST.  The program will also air in the U.S. across all 10 A+E Networks, including A&E, Lifetime and BIO, as well as on History.com.

Worldwide, the commercial-free simulcast of 102 Minutes will be available in more than 150 countries, the network said, reaching more than 300 million households.

Leading into the broadcast will be a 16-minute film, 9/11: Ten Years On. The film tells the story of the rebuilding of Ground Zero, through the lens of five people personally connected to and completely changed by the events of 9/11.

Other new 9/11-oriented programs to be broadcast across History include 9/11: The Days After, Voices From Inside the Towers, and Making the 9/11 Memorial. Also, original, local adaptations of the BIO format I Survived… will also premiere for the anniversary, with BIO in Latin America, Germany, the UK, and Spain and Portugal and History in Italy set to air local versions of I Survived 9/11.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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