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New boss at Docu Channel

James Ackerman has joined Documentary Channel as chairman of the board. He will share in the development of the overall strategic, distribution and financial direction of the Nashville-based network, working alongside founder and CEO Tom Neff. In February 2005, Ackerman founded Spinnaker Media to develop innovative entertainment, educational and digital media companies. He also has been CEO of OpenTV and British Interactive Broadcasting.

Site scene for Nat Geo

National Geographic Channel relaunched its Web site Monday, offering a beefed-up video library and a new interactive TV schedule that allows users to customize their home- viewing experience. Among other changes, the new National Geographic schedule application allows users to navigate through programming descriptions via drag-and-drop.

Billick to fox booth

Brian Billick, the Super Bowl-winning former coach of the Balitmore Ravens, has joined Fox as an NFL game analyst for the coming season. He will work in a two-man booth with a yet-unnamed partner and work select Sundays in a three-man booth, joining an established Fox NFL broadcast team.
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