U.S. net Current TV has hired former CNN and ABC News exec Shelley Lewis to be its executive VP of programming, effective September 19 and reporting to network president David Bohrmann.
Lewis was most recently executive producer of PBS’s weekly news magazine Need to Know, before which she created and launched several shows at CNN, including the prime time program Greenfield at Large.
“I’ve had the great fortune of working with Shelley Lewis in the past, and she’s a great fit for what Current is doing,” said Bohrman. “She is a great idea person and team leader and has the perfect combination of relationships, experience and entrepreneurial drive to help us establish Current as a new kind of multi-screen news experience for a new kind of news viewer.”
At Current, Lewis will be charged with driving the network’s recent focus on news analysis and political commentary, with an initial focus on primetime.
In a statement, she said: “This is exactly the right time, and these are the right people, to launch innovative programming for viewers craving a fresh take on the news.”