An influx of veteran programmers should shake things up at HLN, the sister cable news channel to CNN. TVNewser reports that HLN President Albie Hecht tapped three new hires at the senior programming level.
Former BET and Spike TV executive Keith Brown will join as senior VP for programming, while Kari Kim, who arrives from Worldwide Biggies, will become VP of programming development. Former Nickelodeon VP Adrienne Lopez will become special projects director.
“The hires come as the network continues its programing overhaul: It canceled ‘Raising America’ with Kyra Phillps and “Evening Express” with Ryan Smith in November, and last week saw the departures of anchors Natasha Curry and Carlos Diaz as well as SVP and managing editor Katharine Green,” the story reports.
The report adds: “The new hires will be based in New York, shifting HLN away from its longtime Atlanta roots and making it a more New York-based network. A source close to the network tells TVNewser to expect more changes in the first quarter of 2014.”