Burns tapped NGC exec vp

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Steve Burns has been named executive vp content at National Geographic Channel. He will be based at the network's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

A 30-year industry veteran, Burns will be responsible for NGC programming and strategy content, including development, production, acquisitions and scheduling. He will report to CEO David Haslingden.

The appointment follows Haslingden's announcement that the company plans to push NGC into a "larger international strategy," in which Burns will play an important role.

Burns joins NGC from Discovery Networks, where he has held several senior and executive titles since 1992. Most recently, he served as executive vp and chief science editor and oversaw a series of expedition specials called "Discovery Channel Quest."

Before joining Discovery Networks, Burns was a supervising producer with NGC, where he contributed to its Emmy Award-winning series "Explorer."

"I'm pleased to be returning home to this respected brand at such an important phase of its evolution," Burns said. "The proven programming strategy of combining strong series and high-profile specials has created tremendous ratings momentum for the network, and I look forward to building on that success."
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