Discovery Networks Europe has appointed a programming chief for its
health channel, due to launch later this month.
Clare Laycock, previously director of programme planning for Discovery
Home and Leisure, has been named director of programmes for Discovery
Health. Discovery is negotiating with potential carriers for the Health
The company has also reorganised staffing to cope with European
Former UK director of programme planning for Discovery and the Showcase
Channels, Marian Williams, will now become deputy controller of
programming for the channels across Europe. Her place will be taken by
three managing editors in newly-created roles.
Discovery reversioning manager Joe Schneider will head Discovery UK, and
deputy commissioning editor Kate Beswick takes over the Continental
Networks. A managing editor for the Showcase Channels has yet to be