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.