Stephen Hill Upped to BET Programming President

Stephen Hill - P 2014
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Stephen Hill - P 2014

He takes over the post previously occupied by Loretha Jones

Stephen Hill is moving up the ranks at BET.

The president of music programming and specials has been tapped to replace Loretha Jones and serve as the president of programming at the Viacom-owned cable network.

In the new position, Hill will oversee original programming, music programming and specials as well as the BET News teams charged with creating, developing and producing programming across BET.

Hill reports to Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks. He'll continue to be based in New York.

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The promotion comes three months after Jones exited her post at BET. Darrell Walker, exec vp and general counsel, took over for Jones in the interim.

"I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET brand has been apparent from the very beginning," Lee said. "He has grown our music shows and specials into iconic and highly rated programs beloved by our audience. Over the past several years, he has expanded his role into scripted programming, launching our hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood. He is well-qualified and ready for this new challenge and I am excited to have him in this new role."

Before joining BET, Hill was the director of music programming at MTV where he selected and programmed videos, worked with talent and oversaw the network's standards processes.

"BET has always been a trailblazer and it’s a privilege to be at the helm of programming for a brand that has delivered shows that have, literally, changed the face of television," Hill said. "We will develop and produce fresh, audience-thrilling programming to complement our strong slate of new original content, returning hits and mega-specials. I look forward to continuing to link arms with our massively talented team as we work together, marching toward BET's next successes."