Gospel Music Channel Hires Chesloff To Head Programming Department


Leslie Chesloff will be heading Gospel Music Channel's programming department.
The 30-year industry veteran, who joins from Ion Media Networks, will serve as GMC's executive vice president, programming, overseeing all programming, including scheduling, acquisitions, original content and on-air promotion.
Chesloff joined Ion in 2009 and before that spent four years as senior vice president/planning, scheduling and acquisitions at Lifetime Entertainment Services. In addition to her scheduling and acquisition responsibilities for three Lifetime Entertainment networks, Chesloff built a successful syndication business and oversaw production of more than 80 films.
"Leslie is a rock solid television and programming executive," said GMC vice chairman Brad Siegel, to whom Chesloff reports. "Her experience and track record in cable and broadcasting and as a studio executive are extremely valuable for our new GMC. Her efforts have resulted in sustained growth for several media companies, and we look forward to having Leslie build upon GMC's solid foundation and help take our industry-leading growth story to new heights."
Before joining Lifetime, Chesloff was vice president and general manager of Tribune Broadcasting Co.'s WPHL in Philadelphia and WLVI in Boston. In both cases, she received the WB Network Award for brand growth.
Her resume also includes entries as director of programming and creative services at WWOR in New York and as director of programming, research and cable at WAGA in Atlanta. Earlier in her career, she held various positions at Columbia Pictures Television, King World, Blair Television, KBHK-TV in San Francisco (Chris-Craft Television) and WCIX-TV in Miami (Taft Broadcasting).