Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has announced the formation of a new division, the KSE Outdoor Group, to manage its growing cadre of outdoors-themed media assets, which include cable networks the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.
Jim Liberatore, president of the Outdoor Channel, will now be put in charge of the entire group's cable programming assets, adding oversight of Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network. Liberatore joined Kroenke in 2013, shortly after it acquired the Outdoor Channel.
The company's print and digital media assets, meanwhile, will be kept under the watch of Jeff Paro.
"These appointments solidify our leadership team and ensure we have strong senior executives at the helm of our industry-leading content and distribution assets in this vibrant market," said Jim Martin, president and CEO of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
He added, "Jim and Jeff are passionate voices for the outdoor enthusiast industry and they are committed to strategically investing in our portfolio; increasing our distribution, circulation and, unique views; and expanding the range of experiences we deliver to our diverse and growing audience base. We look forward to maximizing the enormous potential of our portfolio and providing our business partners, advertisers and distributors with an unprecedented platform reaching millions of hunters, anglers and outdoor adventure seekers."
- read this Kroenke press release
Outdoor Channel recruits AXS TV, MAVTV, Kroenke veterans
Outdoor Channel names sports TV vet Jim Liberatore president and CEO
Outdoor Channel posts gains in subscription, advertising revenue