After serving three years as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Scripps Networks Interactive’s Travel Channel, Shannon O’Neill (pictured) is now taking the top leadership role.
O’Neill will report to Burton Jablin, president of Scripps Networks’ operating division.
“Shannon is an outstanding leader and strategic thinker with extensive experience creating new media businesses, building audiences and growing revenues,” Jablin said in a statement. “His mission as president of Travel Channel will be to deliver programming that embraces and celebrates travel as a video content category, while increasing the network’s audience profile of upscale, educated and highly valued viewers.”
“Our mission at Travel Channel is to build a team of engaging, expert hosts who accompany our viewers on amazing journeys, adventures and experiences,” O’Neill added. “We’re harnessing and building on travel’s power as a transformative force in our lives and its value as a growing consumer lifestyle category. With our focus on quality, original programming we celebrate the fundamental need human beings have to connect with other people, places and cultures.”
Currently, Travel Channel is available in more than 96 million U.S. television households.
Prior to joining Travel Channel, O’Neill served for three years as SVP and GM of Golf Channel’s digital media business, and earlier, held the post of vice president of emerging networks for Comcast’s programming group.