International programming and Fox veteran David Lyle is now heading up National Geographic Channels U.S. and is also responsible for global programming.
In this newly created position, Lyle, who had been serving as head of west coast development for the past few months, is responsible for the overall supervision of the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, which are jointly owned by the Fox Networks Group and the National Geographic Society. The board voted to install Lyle, who will be based in Washington, D.C.
The management move comes just over six months after Fox Sports Media Group chairman and CEO David Hill
had been given responsibility for National Geographic Ventures U.S. as part of Fox Networks Group's restructuring following the departure of veteran Tony Vinciquerra.
National Geographic Channels president Steve Schiffman will report to Lyle.
"David brings extensive creative experience and a strong international perspective to this critical role," said Tim Kelly, president of the National Geographic Society, in a statement. "He will be focused on delivering compelling popular programming that reflects, enhances and delivers on the substance of the National Geographic brand and mission. We are delighted to have him on our team."
Globally, National Geographic counts 166 networks.
With Fox since 2005, Lyle had previously served as president of Fox Look, a unit specializing in the international licensing and production of reality formats, and the Fox Reality Channel, a national cable outlet dedicated to unscripted programming, which was converted to Nat Geo Wild in 2010.
While president of FreemantleMedia North America, Lyle led a team that launched and guided "American Idol" to three seasons of incredible growth. Previously, he served as worldwide head of acquisition and development for Pearson Television in London. At Australia's Nine Network, Lyle served as head of development. Under his leadership, Nine was among the first international broadcasters to create local versions of top formats such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Changing Rooms, the basis for TLC's popular Trading Spaces in the States.
Last spring, National Geographic Channel executive vice president of global content Steve Burns left the network, as Nat Geo vice president of production Michael Cascio served in that role on an in interim basis.