Johnathan Rodgers Retires From TV One
After seven years at TV One and almost 50 in the media business, Johnathan Rodgers has announced that he will retire in June.
The former Sports Illustrated journalist rose in the ranks as CBS executive and then President of the U.S. Networks group for Discovery Communications, before moving to TV One in 2004. As President and CEO Rodgers established TV One as the preferred network when it comes to African American programming.
“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,” Rodgers said in a statement quoted on NewsOne.com.
Chairman and Radio One President and CEO Alfred Liggins recalled how Rodgers came highly recommended and expressed his gratitude and well wishes.
“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,” Liggins said according to News One. “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.”