TOKYO – Discovery Asia, a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, has appointed Steven L. Herman as director of channel operations and programming in Japan.Discovery Channel Japan, which will have its official launch Jan. 20, will be a joint venture between Discovery Asia and Jupiter Programming. Jupiter itself is a joint venture of TCI and the major Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. The Discovery Channel will air regular subtitled programming 24 hours a day starting late next month on the satellite broadcaster PerfecTV. “The Discovery Channel will also be available to cable systems within a short period,” Herman said. Herman, 37, heads Tokyo-based Globe Net Productions, a broadcast video production company and media consulting firm. He worked for several years at Associated Press in the U.S. and has been a reporter for CBS radio in Japan. He also worked as a producer and reporter for NHK’s weekly TV program “Asia Now.”
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