Dubuc Replaces Davids as History Channel Chief

Dec 11, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Dan Davids, a 22-year veteran of A&E Television Networks, is out as president of its History Channel, the company said Monday. Nancy Dubuc, a senior VP for nonfiction programming and new media, will succeed him, taking the title of executive VP and general manager of the channel.

Ms. Dubuc, who oversaw program development for both History Channel and A&E, was a rising star at the company after fostering programs such as “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and “Intervention” for A&E. Ms. Dubuc will also oversee History International, History Channel en Espanol and Military History Channel, according to a statement by Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks.

Mr. Davids was general manger of A&E when the network fell into a ratings tailspin. In 2002, he switched jobs with Ms. Raven, who was then general manager of History Channel. A&E reversed its slide and Ms. Raven was promoted to replace company founder Nick Davatzes in 2004.

History Channel was the 17th-rated network among total viewers and 13th-ranked among adults 25 to 54 in the third quarter. The network’s ratings fell 5 percent in viewers and 3 percent among adults 25 to 54 in the quarter.