Ford Rejoins Discovery as President of Military Channel, Discovery Times

Sep 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

John Ford is rejoining Discovery Communications after leaving his position as head programmer at rival National Geographic Channel.
Mr. Ford had been planning to start his own production company, but was lured back to Discovery by Discovery’s relatively new CEO David Zaslav.
Mr. Ford will become president and general manager of Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel. Discovery Times Channel is due for a makeover because the New York Times last year pulled out of its venture with Discovery.
Both channels had been overseen by Clint Stinchcomb, who will continue to oversee Discovery’s HD Theater and Turbo Media.
“John is without question one of our industry’s top programming chiefs, and it is our good fortune to welcome him back to the Discovery family,” Mr. Zaslav said in a statement Tuesday. “Clint’s leadership and passion have put Discovery Times and Military on the fast track. I look forward to the same energy and operating expertise for Turbo Media and our aggressive HD strategy.”
Mr. Ford joined Discovery’s TLC as head of programming in 1991. He oversaw the launch of HD Theater and the Health Network before moving to National Geographic Channel in 2003.
“This is a real homecoming for me,” Mr. Ford said. “Military Channel and Discovery Times are great brands with so much promise and potential. I am excited to build upon their growing audience share, and take the brands to the next level of growth and success.”
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