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Reid to Depart Africa Channel

2/06/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

Longtime cable executive and
The Africa Channel executive vice president
and general manager Bob Reid will
retire from the industry to start up a new
Africa-based production company.

Reid, part of the channel’s launch team
in 2005, plans to develop an independent
production company in Accra, Ghana, that
will supply content to the network, officials
said.

Reid’s nearly four-decade career in cable
included a stint as executive vice president
and general manager of Discovery Health
Channel from 2001 to 2004, where he oversaw
programming and production. He will
leave The Africa Channel having struck distribution
deals with Comcast, Time Warner
Cable, Cox Communications and others,
picking up roughly 10 million subscribers.

A successor has not been named, but
in the interim executive vice president of
sponsorship and corporate development
Mark Walton will oversee affiliate sales
and marketing duties in addition to advertising
sales. Executive vice president
of programming Shirley Neal will continue
to oversee programming, production
and network operations.

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