A shakeup is under way among the top executive ranks at Viacom-owned Comedy Central, where network President Michele Ganeless is exiting after 12 years in the post and 25 years with the company.
Deadline.com reports that Kent Alterman, who is currently president of original programming, will replace Ganeless. The move comes as Comedy Central struggles with declining ratings.
“Ganeless, who recently oversaw the network’s late-night transition post-Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, will remain at the company as a consultant through September,” Deadline notes. Ganeless is quoted in a Viacom announcement saying that “the time is right to move on and challenge myself in new ways.”
Alterman, who will be based in Santa Monica, Calif., will report to Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Media Networks Music & Entertainment Group.
Viacom announced that David Bernath will become general manager of Comedy Central, reporting to Alterman.