Jim Liberatore Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Outdoor
TEMECULA, Calif., June 21, 2013
TEMECULA, Calif., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Outdoor Channel today
announced the appointment of Jim Liberatore as President and Chief Executive
Officer of the leading outdoor lifestyle cable network. Effective immediately,
he will succeed Tom Hornish, who will remain with the company through a
transitional period. Jim was most recently president of SportsTime Ohio, a
24/7 regional sports network. The appointment follows the recent acquisition
of Outdoor Channel by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC (KSE), one of the
world's leading sports and entertainment ownership and management groups.
"We are very pleased to welcome cable network veteran Jim Liberatore as
President and Chief Executive Officer," commented Jim Martin, President and
CEO of KSE. "Jim has an outstanding track record of building and growing
successful cable network brands and we will benefit from his expertise,
industry relationships and vision. As we work with Jim to chart the next phase
of Outdoor Channel's expansion, we will look to fully maximize the potential
of this great franchise for our viewers, advertisers and business partners."
"I am thrilled to be at a network with a loyal, passionate and engaged
viewership base, and look forward to continuing to serve that passion and
rewarding that loyalty," said Jim Liberatore. "Outdoor Channel is well
positioned to build on its success with the support and resources of KSE, as
well as the network's talented operating team. I look forward to working
closely with KSE, Tom Hornish and the rest of the Outdoor Channel executive
team in the weeks ahead as I visit with our employees, partners and
advertisers. The future is exceedingly bright for Outdoor Channel and I am
confident we can continue to grow our leadership and influence in serving the
nation's outdoor enthusiast market."
Liberatore served as president of SportsTime Ohio since 2006, where he was
responsible for the successful launch of the Northern Ohio sports network, as
well as overseeing its operational and strategic direction. Before that,
Liberatore led the Charlotte, NC-based Speed Channel for five years as
president. He joined the network soon after it was bought by News Corp.,
relaunched it from Speedvision to Speed Channel, and significantly increased
its revenue and viewership. Earlier in his career, he also held executive
positions at FOX Sports/Sunshine Network and Madison Square Garden.
"I would like to thank Tom Hornish for his outstanding service to Outdoor
Channel," added Martin. "During the past nine years, Tom has played a pivotal
role in guiding Outdoor Channel's growth, securing top-rated content and
strengthening the network's relationships across the industry. A true outdoor
enthusiast with a passion for hunting and fishing, we look forward to
continuing to work with Tom during the transitional period and wish him all
the best in his future endeavors."
"It's been a terrific run at Outdoor Channel and I have very much enjoyed
being part of the network's success and working with such a great team in an
industry I love," commented Tom Hornish. "Under the ownership of KSE, the
future of Outdoor Channel has never been better. As I make plans for the next
stage of my career, I would like to thank everyone at the company, as well as
the team at KSE, for their strong support. I look forward to working with Jim
in making this a very smooth and productive transition."
About Outdoor Channel
Taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures
since 1993, Outdoor Channel is America's Leader In Outdoor TV. Dedicated to
the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a
division of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC and provides a complete
spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment.
Outdoor Channel is received by 39.6 million U.S. households-- the largest
outdoor TV footprint in the country-- and is available in more than 50
countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is
accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other
information, visit www.outdoorchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter and on
Facebook, and download our iPhone and iPad app.
SOURCE Outdoor Channel
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