Andy Singer is stepping down after two years as general manager of U.S. net Travel Channel, in a restructure that sees Ross Babbit (pictured) promoted to senior VP of programming and development.
The news comes just two weeks after parent company Scripps Networks Interactive appointed Shannon O’Neill as the president of Travel Channel.
In a statement, O’Neill said: “Ross has contributed to our success through winning shows that have increased the network’s audience of upscale, educated and highly valued viewers. With his expanded role, he’ll work with all the talented individuals at Travel Channel to grow our viewership through innovative formats and our team of engaging, expert hosts.”
O’Neill also paid tribute to Singer (pictured, left), crediting him with “helping to build a solid foundation for Travel Channel, and paving the way for some of the network’s most popular programs to date.”
Babbit – who was previously senior VP of programming – is based at the network’s Maryland headquarters and will report to O’Neill in his newly expanded role.
He has worked across several Scripps Networks Interactive brands over the past 10 years. Prior to joining Travel Channel in February 2012, he served as senior VP and general manager of DIY Network.
“We have a strong team in place to take Travel Channel to the next level,” O’Neill said. “With the breadth of programming and production experience Ross brings to the table, we’re well-positioned to deliver programming that connects with our audience and builds on travel’s power as a transformative force in our lives.”