Former Federal Communications Commission chairman Dennis Patrick has been named to head up National
Geographic's cable channels, TV and film production and more as president of
National Geographic Ventures effective Jan. 6.
Patrick was most recently president and CEO of his own consulting firm, Patrick
Communications Inc., and of venture capital group Doeg Hill Ventures LLC.
Before that, he was president of AOL Wireless and CEO of Time Warner
Telecommunications. Patrick will resign his seat on the boards of National
Geographic Ventures and the National Geographic Society.
He replaces Richard Allen, who joined Vulcan Sports Media as president and
CEO. National Geographic Ventures is the wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of
the society. In addition to TV and film, it includes online, CD-ROM and
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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