Press Release


September 24, 2012, Baltimore, MD – RLTV, the only cable network designed and built for the 50+ audience, has brought on board veteran programming executive John Ford as a programming consultant. Working closely with RLTV President and CEO Paul FitzPatrick and Senior Vice President of Programming Elliot Jacobson, Ford is advising the network on programming, content development, production and scheduling strategy.

John Ford’s career spans more than thirty years in media, including senior executive positions at Discovery Communications, National Geographic Channel and in public television. At Discovery, Ford most recently was President and General Manager of Discovery Channel – US, responsible for its creative and business strategies, including acting as Co-Executive in Charge of Production for the BBC/Discovery co-production “Life” and numerous other specials and series. He also served as the President and General Manager of Discovery Times Channel and Military Channel, and began the process of converting Discovery Times to Investigation Discovery (I.D.). Prior to returning to Discovery IN 2007, Ford was the Executive Vice President, Programming at National Geographic Channel, where he led a complete programming and ratings turnaround from 2003-2007 and was named a CableFax programmer of the year.

For the previous thirteen years, Ford served in several senior executive positions at Discovery Networks, including:

  • President of New Media for Discovery Networks U.S., where he was responsible for all interactive, high-definition and video-on-demand products, including the launch of Discovery’s HD Theater.
  • President of the Content Group, Discovery Networks U.S., where he oversaw all content for Discovery’s networks and online services.
  • Executive in charge of the launch and establishment of Discovery Health Channel and
  • For eight years, Ford led TLC as its SVP, Programming and Executive Vice President and General Manager, serving in that role until 1999. TLC, acquired by Discovery in 1991, was one of the most dramatic cable growth stories of the 1990’s; and
  • Vice President at Discovery Channel, where he began his cable career.

Prior to his career at Discovery, Ford worked for public television stations in Dallas and Philadelphia, and for public TV’s national association in Washington, DC.

Under his tenure, Ford’s channels have earned numerous Primetime and News and Documentary EMMYs and two Peabody Awards. Ford has been termed a “legendary” programmer by CableFax and honored by independent producers with their CINE Leadership Award.

“John Ford is one of the finest programmers in the cable industry, and his strategic counsel is proving to be invaluable to RLTV as we increase our investment in original programming and develop and implement a comprehensive content strategy designed to connect with, engage and inform the 50+ audience,” said FitzPatrick.

“RLTV has tremendous potential to engage an underserved audience that is hungry for programming that is targeted to them and that matters to them,” said Ford. “I am delighted to be working with Fitz and Elliot to help create a content slate that will truly resonate with boomers and the 50+ audience.”

Ford’s company, Jfordmedia Consulting, offers consulting services in national content creation, production and scheduling, distribution and cable network management.

About RLTV
RLTV ( is the only network designed and built for the 50+ audience, offering a unique brand of programming and content that mature, experienced and knowledgeable viewers appreciate and desire. The network’s Emmy Award-winning programming focuses on everything from financial planning and second careers to travel and entertainment; from health and wellness to volunteerism and community-building.

Lynn McReynolds
McReynolds Elek Communications