Discovery Networks confirms new international head

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BETHESDA, Md.--As expected, Dawn McCall has been promoted to president of Discovery Networks International, the main international operating unit of U.S.-based Discovery Communications.

For the past five years, Ms. McCall has been senior VP-general manager of Discovery Networks, Latin America/Iberia, one of Discovery's four regional divisions outside the U.S. Before joining Discovery, Ms. McCall spent five years in successive management positions within affiliate sales at The Weather Channel.

She succeeds Donald Wear, who has been in the post since June 1997 and who now moves to the newly created DCI corporate post of president, international policy. He will advise the company on international regulatory, political and industry trends.

Discovery's international division heads -- Kiran Karnik for India, Kevin-John McIntrye for Asia and Joyce Taylor for Europe -- will report to Ms. McCall. In Latin America, Henry Martinez and Rick Rodriguez will serve as co-acting general managers until Ms. McCall's successor is named.

Discovery Networks International is a leading producer of science, nature and other factual programs. Its programs reach more than 79 million households in 144 countries. Comprised of 32 separate feeds in 24 languages, DCI's international networks division includes, Discovery Kids, Discovery Home & Leisure, Animal Planet and People+Arts, both joint venture channels of DCI and the BBC.

Copyright June 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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