Amid struggling ratings performances, A&E Network senior vice president
of programming Allen Sabinson will leave the network this week.
Sabinson, who held the position for nearly two years, presided over the
launch of several highly touted movies and miniseries such as Shackleton
and popular original series Nero Wolfe.
Nevertheless, the programming has not been able to curtail A&E's sliding
primetime ratings. Through June, the network's year-to-date 1.1 primetime rating
was down 15 percent compared with a 1.3 in 2001.
The network also posted 6 percent and 9 percent declines among key
demographic groups -- adults 18 through 49 and 25 through 54, respectively.
'It's a parting of the ways, but we wish Allen well and we appreciate all of
his contributions to the network,' A&E director of public relations Sal
A&E executive VP and general manager Dan Davids will head up the
programming department until a network search currently under way for a
replacement is completed.
Petruzzi also said longtime A&E Television Networks VP of public affairs
and communications Gary Morgenstein will exit the company.