Alfred Liggins Replaces Wonya Lucas at TV One
In a surprise move, Wonya Lucas is out as CEO of TV One, a cable network that targets an African American audience, and is being replaced by Alfred Liggins, CEO and President of Radio One, who will now run both divisions of the public company.
“Wonya has created a strong foundation for TV One’s future success with the launch of two new hit series, R&B Divas and The Rickey Smiley Show,” Liggins said in a statement.
TV One, based in Silver Springs, Maryland, is a joint venture of Radio One (which owns 51 percent) and Comcast, which carries the service on most of its cable TV systems, providing much of its reach to some 57 million viewing homes. It is a competitor to BET, among others.
Lucas had only been in her job since May 2011 when she replaced Jonathan Rodgers. She previously had been COO of The Discovery Channel and held positions at The Weather Channel, TNT, CNN and worked elsewhere.
Launched in 2004, TV One is run by Radio One, which operates nearly 70 radio stations in about 22 markets. The CEO of Radio One is Cathy Hughes. Liggins is her son.
TV One’s programs include Unsung, a musical biography series; LisaRaye: The Real McCoyand Love That Girl, TV the network’s first scripted series.