Younge to leave Travel Channel

To remain at the network through the end of the year

The Travel Channel president and general manager Patrick Younge will leave the business in January 2010, the company said Wednesday.

Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications, which owns Travel Channel, said he had known since 2007 of Younge's plan to coordinate his return to London when his youngest child entered high school.

In 2007, Cox's parent company Cox Enterprises acquired Travel Channel from Discovery Communications.

"As tough as I will find it to leave my team at Travel Channel Media, I'm fulfilling a promise I made to my two children, who remained in the U.K. when I joined TCM in 2005," Younge said in a statement. "I have a terrific team here at TCM, and despite these unprecedented economic conditions we are enjoying record ratings, audience delivery and Web traffic. We are also recognized as leaders in social-media marketing, and through innovative programs like the Travel Channel Academy and mobile products like Travel Channel GO, we are extending our reach and revenue into new arenas."

Younge noted that he will remain at the network through the end of the year "to ensure our upfront commitments are delivered and there is a smooth handover to my eventual successor."

Before joining Discovery Communications, Younge held a series of posts at the U.K.'s BBC and Channel 4.