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Deirdre O’Hearn Becomes Food Network's New Top Chef

Deirdre O’Hearn was put in charge of programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel with the departure of Bob Tuschman, her boss, on Jan. 31.

The moves follow the departure of long-time Food Network president Brooke Johnson last year.

With Johnson gone, the creative direction of Food Network is now overseen by Kathleen Finch, who in August was named chief programming, content and brand officer, for Scripps Networks Interactive, parent of both Food and Cooking.

O’Hearn, known as Didi, is senior VP of programming and development and will report to Finch.