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Scripps Networks Names Burton Jablin President

Burton Jablin was named president of Scripps Networks Interactive Thursday, succeeding John Lansing, who is retiring after nine years in the post.

Jablin was most recently president of Scripps' home networks, HGTV and DIY. In his new role, Jablin will add oversight of Scripps' other networks -- Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and Great American Country (GAC). Jablin is a 19-year veteran of Scripps and played a key role in the launch of HGTV.

Kathleen Finch, who most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of HGTV and DIY networks, replaces Jablin as president of the home networks.

"This company and its many stakeholders owe John Lansing a debt of gratitude for his inspired leadership and for guiding Scripps Networks through an astonishing period of growth and accomplishment," said Ken Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive. "It's to John's credit that Scripps Networks today is one of the industry's shining stars, having defined lifestyle media as a content genre for television and the growing array of interactive media platforms. Under John's able stewardship, Scripps Networks has established for itself a sturdy competitive advantage in the home, food and travel content categories."

Lansing will continue with the company on a consulting basis for an extended period of time.