Former Weather Channel general manager Wonya Lucas has been named president and CEO of TV One, succeeding Johnathan Rodgers who last week announced his retirement.
Lucas, who headed up the Weather Channel Networks from 2005 to 2008, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 53 million subscriber African-American targeted network beginning Aug. 8, said network officials.
Lucas was most recently executive vice president and COO for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, where she was responsible for strategy and operations for the networks as well as oversight of the networks' research and marketing departments.
"Wonya Lucas is the perfect choice to help us build on the terrific success we have achieved at TV One over the past seven years," said TV One Chairman and Radio One President and CEO Alfred Liggins in a statement. "Her successful career as a top-level, mainstream cable programming executive will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow the network and the company. Her expertise in marketing some of the best brands in television will also be a tremendous plus as we continue to define and strengthen TV One's brand in a constantly evolving media marketplace."
Added Lucas: "It's an incredible opportunity to lead TV One, which in just a few years has become such a success story. I am also personally passionate about TV One's mission to provide high quality entertainment and information to the African American audience that authentically reflects our lives, history and culture. Through the leadership of Johnathan Rodgers, TV One is well positioned for the future and has tremendous growth potential."