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Discovery loses Baer

Exec resigns from net

NEW YORK — Another top dog from Discovery Communications, senior exec VP for strategy and development Don Baer, has resigned.

His ankling, which becomes official at the end of the year, follows the previously announced departure of Discovery prexy-CEO Judith McHale, who bows out Dec. 1.

John Hendricks, chairman and founder of Discovery, is still searching for McHale’s replacement both within the company and outside it. The leading inside candidates are Billy Campbell, president of Discovery Networks U.S.; Mark Hollinger, head of operations and chief counsel; and Dawn McCall, prexy of Discovery Networks Intl.

Baer, 52, who spent eight years at Discovery, was McHale’s chief deputy in plotting the direction of the company, so his resignation wasn’t a big surprise. Baer said his goal is to join a new-media venture. “I’ve spent the last year and a half working on multiplatform efforts with Discovery,” he said.

Baer was a point man on Discovery’s purchase of unitedstreaming, Antenna Audio and Petfinder.com. He also helped guide Discovery into creating broadband video channels and spearheaded the company’s partnerships with Google Earth and Apple iTunes.

Before Discovery, Baer was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1994-97. An attorney, he worked as a journalist for U.S. News & World Report from 1987-94, covering politics and the White House and rising to assistant managing editor.

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