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Travel Channel Names Ross Babbit New Programming Chief

The former SVP and general manager of DIY Network takes over for exiting Andy Singer

The Travel Channel made some moves among its executive ranks on Friday.

The network has tapped Ross Babbit to serve as senior vice president of programming and development, while announcing the departure of general manager Andy Singer.

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“Travel Channel’s mission is to deliver programming that embraces and celebrates travel as a passionate lifestyle category,” Travel Channel president Shannon O’Neill said of veteran programmer Babbit, who has guided the creative and editorial direction during the past few years. “Ross has contributed to our success through winning shows that have increased the network’s audience of upscale, educated and highly valued viewers. With his expanded role, he’ll work with all the talented individuals at Travel Channel to grow our viewership through innovative formats and our team of engaging, expert hosts.”

Babbit, who joined Travel Channel in 2012, previously served as senior vice president and general manager of DIY Network.

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For the last two years, Singer served as Travel Channel’s general manager.

“We have a strong team in place to take Travel Channel to the next level,” O’Neill continued. “With the breadth of programming and production experience Ross brings to the table, we’re well-positioned to deliver programming that connects with our audience and builds on travel’s power as a transformative force in our lives.”