Former CBS Prods. president Andrew Hill has been hired as president of programming for K-III Communication Corp.’s Channel One Network, a provider of educational television to schools.
Hill will be responsible for all of Channel One’s programming, including Channel One News, which airs in schools reaching 8 million secondary students around the country. He reports to David Tanzer, president and CEO of Channel One Network, and he’s filling the job left open since David Neuman left to be president of Walt Disney TV more than a year ago.
“It’s wonderful to combine a business with something really meaningful,” Hill said. “This is just the perfect job for me.”
While at CBS, Hill developed several CBS primetime dramas, including “Touched by An Angel,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” He also helped develop the NBC sitcom “Caroline in the City,” one of the first primetime hits ever produced by one network’s production company for a competing network.
Hill said he’ll be exploring all sorts of new formats for Channel One, such as talkshows and newsmagazines. While some critics have complained that Channel One is commercializing schools and substituting for teaching, Hill dismissed the naysayers.
“Schools are short of money and short of materials,” he said. “They’re lucky to have this material, and if looking at a couple of ads is what it takes, that’s OK. I really think we’re not giving young people enough credit. We’re trying to separate schools from society more than necessary.”