Discovery Hires CBS Veteran

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Discovery Communications Inc. named former CBS executive Jim McKairnes executive vice president of scheduling.

McKairnes, who was most recently senior VP of program planning and scheduling at CBS, will report to Discovery Networks president Billy Campbell.

Discovery boasted that CBS went from last place to first place in primetime during McKairnes’ reign, with hits such as Survivor, CSI and Everybody Loves Raymond.

McKairnes will work with Discovery’s channel teams to develop schedules for the company’s portfolio of 14 networks brands, DCI said.