When I was going for my Master degree at Bowling Green State University an alum from the Popular Culture department Eileen O'Neill came to speak to our class. O'Neil is currently the Group President at Discovery Communications.
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is "Group President for Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel (TLC), two of the most popular channels on cable. In her new role, she will supervise general managers for each network in the Discovery family.In her most recent role as president and general manager for TLC, she helped the network introduce such reality series as “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Cake Boss,” and “19 Kids and Counting.”She is also credited as the original developer of “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” a reality series that follows the life of Jon and Kate Gosselin as they raise sextuplets and twins. The program set new cable rating records in 2009. Other achievements during her career at Discovery Communications including launching Planet Green, the first and only eco-lifestyle network, while serving as the network’s president and general manager, leading Discovery Health Channel as executive vice president and general manager, and serving as director of scheduling for the Travel Channel."
After learning this information I can understand why she defended Jon and Kate plus 8, because she created it, and people always defend their own work (how could she have seen the crazy coming?) I have to also applaud her for creating an eco friendly green network, and pushing this agenda, but this is also trendy. O'Neill's only going with the flow, and while speaking with her she had no clear vision that made TLC unique from all the other garbage out there. There are so many shows about baking, leave that to the Food Network. The current programming content of this network has nothing to do with learning. Shows like Toddler and Tiaras and Sister Wives are what draw people into this network. This network maintains the TLC abbreviation in hopes people will forget the network is supposed to be about learning.