Bell exits Encore for TV Museum VP post

Former KTLA senior VP and G.M. Steve Bell is ankling his post as prexy at TCI’s Encore Entertainment Group’s 11 cable channels to head the West Coast branch of the Museum of Television & Radio as its new VP and director. Move is effective Aug. 4.

Bell, who spent 11 years with Tribune-owned KTLA before leaving in 1992, said in a telephone interview Monday that his departure from Encore stems from his tiring of traveling three days a week between his home in Los Angeles and Encore’s headquarters in Colorado.

“It was time for a change,” Bell said.

At the Museum of TV & Radio’s Beverly Hills branch, Bell will oversee the running of the business as well as organize exhibitions, screenings, seminars, education programs and preservation efforts, according to museum prexy Bob Batscha.

Besides running the 11 Encore cable channels, Bell has been responsible for the development and production of the networks’ original movies and programming.

Bell’s association with the Museum of TV & Radio dates to 1985, when he worked with the facility on the exhibition “KTLA: West Coast Pioneer.” He also collaborated twice with the museum on the William S. Paley TV Festival in Los Angeles.

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