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Rich Ross named president of Discovery Channel

Rich Ross named president of Discovery Channel

Discovery Communications has tapped veteran programming executive Rich Ross to run its flagship network.

Ross will step into his new position as president of Discovery Channel in January. For nearly two years, he has served as chief executive of Shine America, the U.S. arm of Shine, the television production company founded by Elisabeth Murdoch.

News of his Ross' new gig comes within weeks of the merger of three TV production companies -- 21st Century Fox's Shine Group and Apollo Global Management's Endemol and Core Media Group. That new entity separately on Tuesday named a new management team.

At Discovery, Ross will be returning to a prominent position as the chief...

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