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A+E content chief joins Nat Geo

A+E Networks’ Christian Drobnyk has joined National Geographic Global Networks as executive VP of programming strategy and acquisitions. Drobnyk will focus on National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, reporting to Nat Geo Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. He joins from Disney-backed channels group A+E, where he was senior VP of programming strategy, […]

Nat Geo appoints digital and marketing chiefs

The reorganisation of National Geographic is continuing with two new additions joining the TV and publishing giant. Rachel Webber will head up digital at Nat Geo in a newly created role, and Jill Cress will run marketing. Nat Geo has extensively rejigged its management since 21st Century Fox took over the factual giant. Webber will be executive VP, digital product, […]

Nat Geo to launch VR studio, first Instagram series

National Geographic has unveiled plans to form a Virtual Reality studio and announced plans for its first Instagram video series. At its Digital Content NewFronts event in New York, National Geographic said that NG VR STUDIO will put viewers “on the ground alongside Nat Geo explorers, photographers and storytellers through Nat Geo VR.” The factual […]

Nat Geo names new global channels team

National Geographic’s reorganisation under the leadership of Courteney Monroe has continued and she has named the team running the global channels unit at the Fox-owned company. Monroe (left) became the international channels chief under a new structure at the factual giant introduced late last year after Fox took control of Nat Geo. Fox International Channels exec Ward Platt took on […]

Discovery, Nat Geo, NBCU veterans launch Justice Network

A collection of veteran US TV execs have come together to launch a new true-crime channel, Justice Network. The US cable net count has been created by Bounce TV founder Lonnie Cooper. Steve Schiffman, former president of Nat Geo, Barry Wallach, former president of NBCUniversal US TV distribution and John Ford, the ex Discovery Channel […]

Nat Geo’s Owens to leave

National Geographic Channels president Howard Owens is leaving the factual channel in June. The Nat Geo boss will leave in June having been in charge of Nat Geo since late 2011. Prior to joining Nat Geo, Owens was at US prodco Reveille and announcing his departure to staff, NGC’s US CEO David Lyle said Owens […]

BSkyB adds 14 channels to Sky Go

BSkyB has added 14 entertainment channels to its Sky Go mobile TV service. New channels on the service include MTV, with Geordie Shore available on demand, Comedy Central, offering shows including South Park, UKTV channels Gold, Watch, Dave, Good Food, Eden and Alibi, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, and History, including […]

BT Vision boosts linear line-up

UK hybrid TV service BT Vision is adding the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild to its line-up. The channels, which air documentary series, including Air Crash Investigation, Seconds from Disaster, Bloody Tales from the Tower and The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, will launch later this year. They will join BT Vision’s other […]

Hamish Mykura joins Nat Geo as restructuring continues

Hamish Mykura has joined National Geographic Channels as executive vice-president and head of international content. The ex-Channel 4 head of documentaries’ appointment is part of an ongoing shake-up at National Geographic’s TV operations.’s sister publication TBIvision understands that a reorganisation of the UK division will be officially announced next week with some staff leaving […]

Nat Geo launches Farsi language channel

National Geographic Channel has launched a Farsi-language channel across the Middle East. The factual channel operator is launching National Geographic Farsi to target 15 million Farsi speakers across the region. The company has set up base in Abu Dhabi at the twofour54 media zone, where it also runs National Geographic Abu Dhabi, its Arabic-language channel, […]