Knoxville, Tennessee – Scripps Networks Interactive announced that Chairman, President & CEO Kenneth W. Lowe will be appointed to the role of Chair of the Supervisory Board of TVN, the Warsaw-based, multi-platform media company that was acquired by Scripps Networks in July 2015.
In a parallel move, President of Scripps Networks International Jim Samples, who has been leading TVN since July 2016, has been appointed President of TVN’s management board with day-to-day oversight of the company. Samples, who has been leading TVN on an interim basis since July 2016, will continue as President of Scripps Networks Interactive’s international operations.
The moves follow a very successful year across the TVN portfolio. In 2016, TVN increased its market share by 2.7% in the commercial group (A16-49), achieving the biggest growth among Poland’s big four broadcasters. TVN’s broadcast channel is currently the second most-watched channel in Poland with 12.75% share of all adults 16-49, and the number one network in Poland’s biggest cities. Ratings are driven by evergreen entertainment formats, such as Kuchenne Rewolucje, Mam Talent, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as well as new shows including drama series Druga Szansa reality show Azja Express, and the docu-soap 19+.
Jim Samples said: “It’s a great honor to be asked to continue to lead TVN, which is undoubtedly one of the best broadcasters and media companies in the whole of Europe. The team here has done an amazing job over the last six months, and there are huge opportunities as we continue to build greater cooperation and integration with the wider Scripps Networks’ business.”