Another McHale has bid Discovery goodbye. Brian McHale left Silver Spring, MD, to join Starz as vp, IT. — AMC promoted Tom Halleen to svp, programming & scheduling. — Christian Brent was named vp, audiences for BBC Worldwide’s Global Channels business. — Speed upped Erik Arneson to vp, media relations. — Three new members joined CTAM’s board: Lifetime’s Tim Brooks, Rogers’ Mike Lee and Cablevision’s Patricia Gottesman. — Playboy named Edward Lang svp, mobile, a newly created position aimed at expanding its mobile and wireless businesses. — Insight promoted Greg Cameron from dir to vp, telecom legal affairs and named Lanae Juffer district vp, Southwest IN. Juffer had been Comcast’s vp/gm for the Pittsburgh, PA, market.

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RLJ, Allen Talk Barriers to Black Media Ownership

A lot has changed since Robert Johnson launched BET in 1980, but the barriers that existed then for Black-owned networks remain much the same. Johnson and Entertainment Studios founder Byron Allen agreed

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