Travel Channel replaces Singer with Babbit

US cable network Travel Channel has put Ross Babbit in control of its programming – a move that sees general manager Andy Singer exit.

Ross BabbitBabbit (left) is the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned channel’s new senior VP, programming and development.

He has been with lifestyle-themed Travel Channel since 2012, previously as SVP, programming and was before that was DIY Network’s SVP and general manager. Overall, he has been with SNI for a decade.

The development comes just weeks after Shannon O’Neill was named as president, Travel Channel.

Babbit’s arrival at the top of the tree means Singer, who has been general manager for two years, will leave step down. SNI noted Singer had build a “solid foundation for Travel Channel”.

Babbit will report to O’Neill, who said: “With the breadth of programming and production experience Ross brings to the table, we’re well-positioned to deliver programming that connects with our audience and builds on travel’s power as a transformative force in our lives.”

SNI’s suite of cable networks include HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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