BET Shocker, Stephen Hill President of Programming Steps Down at Week's End
Hill’s resignation was announced today March 29 by BET Networks chairman/CEO Debra Lee. In an internal staff memo ( read below), Lee saluted Hill as a “trusted colleague and friend” as well as his “energy, passion and love of BET.” Continued Lee, “Who could ever forget the Prince Tribute, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar? The incredible ‘aww yeahhh’ moments Stephen has created during his 18 years literally are too many to mention.”
Editor's note--After not being a fan of BET, primarily due to the proliferation of the Hip Hop music videos the channel programmed for many years (That was not Black Entertainment); BET and along with the Centric Network has in some ways transformed itself into a more positive light. There is still a need to incorporate more news programming, but Stephen Hill will certainly be missed, if for nothing else, the award shows he produced. BET, once owned by Robert Johnson, is corporately owned by Viacom, which owns MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, and a host of other media platforms. It will be interesting to see the direction BET is headed as it appears Stephen Hill is being forced out as Viacom is under going company wide restructuring, and as they say in the industry- "we've decided to go in a new direction Mr. Hill."
Read Lee and Hill's memos, both below:
Here's Hill's memo: