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Scripps appoints chief information officer

Scripps Networks Interactive has named the chief operating officer for its international business, Bob Baskerville, as the firm’s next chief information officer. 

Baskerville, who first joined Scripps in 1994 and has held his current role for the past three years will replace existing chief information officer Ron Johnson, who is due to retire at the end of the year after 10 years in the job.

In his new position, Baskerville will report to Scripps’ executive vice president and chief technology officer, Mark Hale.

“When we look at where the world of information technology and role of chief information officer are heading, we hit all the marks with Bob – a transformative leader who is intimately familiar with our business, builds and expands relationships, and takes the right risks.  He will marry our overall business needs with the right technology services and solutions to support them,” said Hale.

Scripps Networks Interactive’s media portfolio includes the lifestyle television and internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.