After a 45-year career in media, Johnathan Rodgers has announced his retirement at President and CEO of TV One, which is now a majority-owned subsidiary of Radio One. His retirement is effective July 31st.
“Running TV One has been an honor, a privilege and a labor of love for me,” said Johnathan Rodgers. “I was able to bring all my experiences from my previous jobs to help create this wonderful network. I want to thank Brian Roberts and Comcast for their support, and especially Alfred Liggins for his vision in creating and funding TV One and for allowing me to run it for the past seven years. There could have been no better way to cap off a long and satisfying career in the television business for me than to help build a sustainable channel that African American adults, indeed all Americans can be very proud of.”
“When I realized that there was a business opportunity for launching a black cable channel nearly a decade ago, Quincy Jones told me there was only one person I should pursue to develop the channel, and that was Johnathan Rodgers. That was great advice, and Johnathan’s involvement in TV One has been invaluable in its success on so many different levels. He is leaving the network on very solid footing for the future,” said Alfred Liggins, who is Chairman of TV One and President/CEO of Radio One.
“Having Johnathan as a friend and partner in TV One has been a real honor. We knew we were in good hands from the beginning of our relationship, with Johnathan’s industry knowledge, experience and strategic skills and Alfred Liggins’ solid business plan. Johnathan’s personal commitment and dedication have helped build TV One into one of the cable industry’s great success stories,” said Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts.
TV One launched in January 2004 and today reaches nearly 53 million households.