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Nat Geo taps Ford

National Geographic Channel has landed former Discovery Networks U.S. veteran John Ford to head its programming team.

Ford -- who left Discovery Networks in February, several months after Billy Campbell was named president -- will be executive vice president of programming for NGC, charged with overseeing originals, acquisitions, production and scheduling.

Ford, a 14 year Discovery veteran, most recently was president of new media for parent Discovery Communications Inc., where duties included launching HDTV service Discovery HD Theater.