Court TV ring in Bell as president, CEO

Jones also upped as cabler enjoys ratings rise

Art Bell’s success as head of programming for Court TV in the last five years has led to his elevation July 1 to president and chief operating officer.

Court TV’s primetime ratings rose another 17% in the second quarter of the year, climbing by 20% among 18 to 49 year olds and 11% among 25 to 54s. Led by original series like “Forensic Files” and reruns like “NYPD Blue,” Court TV wound up with the most watched second quarter in its 12-year history.

Bell’s old title was executive VP of programming and marketing, giving him supervision over programming, production, creative services, marketing and corporate communications. As president, he’ll add affiliate relations and ad sales to his portfolio. Bell succeeds Dick Beahrs , who will retire at the end of the year (Daily Variety, July 1).

Also getting a promotion is Galen Jones, whose title shifts from executive VP of strategy and planning to the new post of executive VP and chief corporate strategist. Galen adds finance to his current responsibilities for long-range planning, research and new business. Both Jones and Bell report to Henry Schleiff , chairman and CEO of Court TV.

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