Scripps Networks president John Lansing steps down

John Lansing (pictured), the president of Scripps Networks Interactive's operating division, will be replaced by 19-year company veteran Burton Jablin.
September 6, 2013

John Lansing (pictured), president of Scripps Networks Interactive’s operating division, is retiring after nine years in the position.

He will continue to work with the company, which operates U.S. cable channels Food Network, Travel Channel, HGT, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, as a consultant for an extended period of time.

“For several months I’ve been considering options that would allow me to constructively move into the next phase of my career, providing me with an opportunity to explore some new entrepreneurial adventures and to stretch into new areas of interest for me,” Lansing said in a statement. “To that end, I have decided the time is now right for me to take an early retirement option so that I can begin to prepare for that next chapter.”

The company has appointed Burton¬†Jablin, the president of Scripps’ home category, as his replacement. A 19-year company veteran, he played a key role in the development and launch of HGTV. ¬†He will lead the management and development of the entire channel portfolio, digital content and related operations.

Kathleen Finch, formerly senior VP and general manager of HGTV and DIY, has been promoted as his successor. She will head up the strategic direction of HGTV and DIY Network and their associated websites and related businesses.

During Lansing’s tenure, total annual revenues generated by the company’s lifestyle media business tripled from US$724 million in 2004 to $2.3 billion in 2012. Revenues for the company’s lifestyle media segment are up another 10% through the first six months of 2013, according to the company.

“It’s to John’s credit that Scripps Networks today is one of the industry’s shining stars, having defined lifestyle media as a content genre for television and the growing array of interactive media platforms,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and CEO. “Under John’s able stewardship, Scripps Networks has established for itself a sturdy competitive advantage in the home, food and travel content categories.”

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