A+E Networks UK names VP of programming

Heather Jones, most recently MD of North One Television, will take up the role formerly held by Adam MacDonald later this month.
July 9, 2013

Heather Jones will take up the role of vice president of programming at A+E Networks UK later this month.

She replaces Adam MacDonald, who was named the director of Sky1 in March.

Jones will be responsible for A+E Networks UK’s programming strategy across the company’s channels – which include History, Crime & Investigation, H2, Bio and the upcoming international launch of Lifetime –  in the UK, Central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece and Africa.

She will be tasked with driving audience growth through original commissions and coproductions, A+E Network’s U.S. output and third-party acquisitions, as well as increasing the global expansion of the A+E portfolio of channels.

Previously, Jones was the MD of North One Television, and prior to that, was director of television at Viacom UK. She has also worked as a consultant for broadcasters including Ireland’s RTE,  UKTV and MTV’s international network.

“Heather Jones will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to our team,” said Tom Davidson, managing director of A+E Networks UK. “Her proven track record of driving audience growth and channel expansion across a variety of international networks and content genres makes her the perfect candidate for the role.”

“It will be a privilege to work across channels such as History and H2 that are recognized for their ground-breaking content, and I’m especially looking forward to leading the launch of a brand new entertainment channel,” added Jones.

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