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Butler to head Travel amid reshuffle

US factual giant Discovery has promoted executive Matthew Butler to manage its cablenet Travel Channel as a reshuffle of its senior buyers continues.

Matthew Butler

Butler has been appointed general manager of Travel Channel, effective immediately.

The appointment follows Jane Latman’s move from the position to president of sister network HGTV last week, which in turn followed Allison Page’s move to a new venture with Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Butler will report to Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel.

He will oversee the development, production, scheduling and overall operations of Travel Channel and will be charged with leading the strategic growth of the audience and the brand.

Most recently, Butler was VP of programming and development for Travel Channel, with responsibility for cultivating original content for the network, shepherding series from concept to premiere.

Before re-joining Travel Channel in 2018, the 10-year Discovery veteran was a member of the executive team that launched Destination America and American Heroes Channel.

Previously, he spent a decade at Travel Channel, from 2000 to 2010, developing many of the network’s enduring shows like Man v Food, Ghost Adventures, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Mysteries at the Museum.

Travel Channel and HGTV became part of Discovery’s collection of US cablenets thanks to its 2017 takeover of Scripps Networks Interactive.

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