*BET Neteworks has found its new President of Programming. And his name is Stephen Hill.
The channel announced the appointment earlier this week as Hill fills the position in place of his predecessor Loretha Jones. According to Indiewire.com, Jones exited the President of Original Programming position in September, after six years in service. She is noted for spearheading the network’s recent moves into original scripted programming.
Reasons for her departure were not provided, Indiewire noted.
Hill comes to his “newly created position” after his recent stint as President of Music Programming & Specials at BET. The Brown University graduate’s new duties include overseeing original programming, music programming and specials as well as the BET News teams responsible for creating, developing, and producing programming across BET.
Prior to serving as president of programming, Hill was involved in the successful launch of BET’s hit show “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” in addition to working as Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming, before being promoted to President of Music Programming & Specials.
“BET has always been a trailblazer and it’s a privilege to be at the helm of programming for a brand that has delivered shows that have, literally, changed the face of television. We will develop and produce fresh, audience-thrilling programming to complement our strong slate of new original content, returning hits and mega-specials,” said Hill, who will report to BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee as well as remain based in New York. “I look forward to continuing to link arms with our massively talented team as we work together, marching towards BET’s next successes.”
“I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET Brand has been apparent from the very beginning. He has grown our music shows and specials into iconic and highly-rated programs beloved by our audience,” Lee stated. “Over the past several years, he has expanded his role into scripted programming, launching our hit series ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood.’ He is well-qualified and ready for this new challenge and I am excited to have him in this new role.”