Lifetime Entertainment moves Wagner to top public affairs post

NEW YORK: Cable television operation Lifetime Entertainment Services has promoted veteran staffer Meredith Wagner to executive vice president of public affairs and corporate communications.

NEW YORK: Cable television operation Lifetime Entertainment Services has promoted veteran staffer Meredith Wagner to executive vice president of public affairs and corporate communications.

NEW YORK: Cable television operation Lifetime Entertainment Services has promoted veteran staffer Meredith Wagner to executive vice president of public affairs and corporate communications.

Wagner, who was previously senior vice president of public affairs, has been actively involved in tying women's issues to the network's initiatives.

The promotion is meant to recognize the success of her advocacy efforts.

Wagner joined Lifetime in 1987 as manager of public affairs and has since helped the network forge relationships with the YWCA and the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, among others.

The network ran ad spots and collected signatures for a campaign to limit so-called 'drive-through' mastectomies, in which women are forced to leave the hospital within 24 hours of having had the operation.

'We focus on issues with great resonance for viewers and we are in a unique position to make them heard,' said Wagner.

The network is planning to air a documentary in April about last year's Million Mom March against guns. Wagner says the network doesn't take a position on the gun issue, but will instead focus on keeping children safe from guns.

Lifetime operates two networks: Lifetime Television, which has 79 million subscribers in the US; and the Lifetime Movie Network. It is a 50-50 joint venture between Hearst and Walt Disney.



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