Kathleen Finch

Finch was named the 2016 WICT Woman of the Year—and with good reason. Since being elevated to her role in August 2015, household primetime ratings have risen at all six Scripps networks. Among highlights, Q3 and September 2016 were HGTV’s highest-rated ever in primetime among A25-54, and Travel Channel’s 3Q saw its fourth consecutive quarter of year-to-year primetime ratings growth among its 11th consecutive month of year-over-year primetime growth among W25-54. “The content creation side of the industry does a pretty good job with gender equality,” she says. “I’ve always thought that was partially due to the fact that women make up the majority of TV viewers, so it makes sense that women are good at making TV programming that women want to watch.”

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