London, 29 February 2016 – A+E Networks® UK today announced that it has appointed Matthew Westrup to a new role of Vice President, Operations. Westrup will take up his new role in March.
Westrup, who joins from Scripps Networks International, will oversee Broadcast Operations, Media Management, Facilities and IT infrastructure for all A+E Networks’ channels across the UK, Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He will be charged with building on the established reputation and reach of A+E Networks brands to ensure delivery of first class content to viewers and clients across the EMEA region as well as development and investment to ensure future innovation.
A+E Networks UK’s portfolio of channels includes HISTORY®, Lifetime®, Crime + Investigation® and H2®. It broadcasts 19 channels in 90 countries across EMEA. On 1 February the business launched H2 HD and a localized feed for HISTORY on OSN in the Middle East, with further launches planned in 2016.
Westrup will report to Nicolas Eglau, Chief Operating Officer at A+E Networks UK, and General Manager, Nordics, the Benelux and CEEMEA.
Announcing the appointment, Nicolas Eglau, said: “I am delighted that Matthew is joining us at A+E Networks to spearhead our Operations division. He has a proven track record of managing high profile channel portfolios and leading on innovation as well as overseeing third parties activity and launching new channels. We look forward to welcoming him to the company.”
Westrup added: “I am very much looking forward to working with the team at A+E Networks to deliver first-class content and big brand channels in the UK and across the EMEA region. It is an exciting time for A+E Networks and I am keen to be an integral part of the leadership team in the company’s next phase of growth and development.”
Westrup was most recently Director of Operations UK and EMEA at Scripps Networks International where he was responsible for three brands and 15 channels. Before joining Scripps he was Head of Operations at Travel Channel International.