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Wonya Lucas has been named President and CEO of TV One, effective Monday, August 8.

The cable industry programming veteran succeeds Johnathan Rodgers, who announced he will retire on July 31.

Most recently, Lucas was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, where she was responsible for strategy and operations for the networks as well as oversight of the networks’ research and marketing departments. She joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as the Chief Marketing Officer.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to lead TV One, which in just a few years has become such a success story,” said Lucas. “I am also personally passionate about TV One’s mission to provide high quality entertainment and information to the African American audience that authentically reflects our lives, history and culture.

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