Beginning January 1, Nancy Dubuc will replace outgoing History Channel president Dan Davids. Dubuc will report to Abbe Raven, president of History's parent company, A&E; Television Networks.
Since 2001, Dubuc has served as senior vice president in charge of nonfiction programming and new media for A&E.; During that time, she sheperded popular A&E; shows like Dog, the Bounty Hunter and Criss Angel: Mindfreak.
In her new post, Dubuc is expected to find new platforms for History to broadcast on. Raven said that while the History Channel will seek to broaden into younger media like mobile and online, the channel will continue to offer the same adult programming.
"One of the driving principles we've had is to make the History Channel brand into the definitive source of history across multiple platforms," she said. "Nancy understands the quality and the brand equity we have and she will continue that tradition."
History Channel's prime-time viewership is down 4 percent from the same time last year, with 1.06 million average viewers. In the target 25- to 54-year-old demographic, the numbers remained stable at 514,000 viewers.