A&E ups Robert DeBitetto

He's now president and GM at A&E and Bio Channel

Robert DeBitetto has been upped to president and GM at A&E Network and Bio Channel.

DeBitetto, who had been executive vp and GM since 2005, will be responsible for content across all platforms for A&E and Bio (formerly Biography) as well as Crime & Investigation Network. He continues to oversee programming, strategic planning, acquisitions, consumer marketing, brand development, public relations and on-air promotions for all three channels. DeBitetto also oversees the feature documentary unit A&E IndieFilms.

DeBitetto reports to A&E Television Networks president and CEO Abbe Raven, who was president of A&E until getting promoted in 2005 (the position has been vacant since then). Raven praised DeBitetto for helping A&E become a top 10-rated cable network and overseeing a 15-year drop in the network's median age during the past four years.

"Bob has done a remarkable job in raising the visibility of A&E," Raven said. "He has expanded our investment in acquisitions, overseen our jump back into scripted drama and upped the level of our investment in real-life franchises."

She noted that DeBitetto also led the development and implementation of the recent A&E rebranding that includes the tagline "Real Life. Drama" and pointed to the network's success in the reality arena with shows like "Intervention."

Next up is the debut of Benjamin Bratt starrer "The Cleaner," A&E's first original scripted drama in six years, on July 15, followed by "The Beast," starring Patrick Swayze, in early 2009.

DeBitetto joined A&E in 2003.