AOL cable names top comms exec

ATLANTA, GA: Jamie Kellner, the newly installed chief of AOL Time

Warner's cable programming interests, has tapped Brad Turell as his

number one communications executive.

Kellner and Turell previously worked together at the WB network, which

comes under the umbrella of the new division. Both are relocating to


Turell becomes EVP of communications for Turner Broadcasting System

(TBS), reporting to Kellner, who is chairman and CEO. Turell will

continue to oversee communications for the WB network, in addition to

cable stations TNT, TBS Superstation and the CNN News Group. He will

also act as corporate spokesman for the company.

Julie Sprunt, who was corporate VP of TBS, has left the company while

EVP Sue Binford, who heads PR at the CNN News Group, remains.

Kellner and Turell have a working relationship that stretches back 15

years. Among Turrell's previous achievements is creating the specials

department at Fox as SVP of programming. Kellner said in a press

statement; 'Anyone who worked with Brad at Fox or the WB realizes that

his contributions to the success of those networks went well beyond the

scope of the job titles he held.'

Turell's first job in PR was as a vice president at entertainment agency

Rogers & Cowan. He has also twice been the chairman of the Television

Publicity Executive Committee (TPEC).

Turell will no doubt be preparing Kellner for his first major industry

address. Kellner is the keynote speaker at the Cable Television

Advertising Bureau's 2001 meeting on May 19.

Whether Turell will make changes to the way PR is executed at the cable

group remains to be seen. He said: 'There are so many strong publicity

executives within the Turner ranks and they will continue to work

closely with their divisional presidents in order to swiftly and

effectively meet each network's goals.'

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