BBC America taps vet Barron veepee

Exec to o'see U.S., U.K.-based programming

NEW YORK — Former BBC and Discovery Communications exec Liz Barron has been tapped VP of programming for BBC America.

In her new post, Barron will be responsible for BBC America’s U.S.- and U.K.-based programming, scheduling and planning. She will report to Paul Lee, CEO for BBC America.

“This really is a dream job. BBC America offers the very best in cool, contemporary and classic entertainment,” Barron said. “The range and quality of programs we have to choose from makes it a privilege and a delight to help take the channel to its next stage of development. American viewers tell us the channel is great fun to watch. I know it will be just as much fun to work on.”

Barron joined the BBC in 1982, left briefly to join Discovery Communications (where she helped launch the Learning Channel in the U.K.), and returned to the BBC in 1996 as head of daytime commissioning. She also worked at the BBC Worldwide.

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