Longtime Comedy Central president to exit cable

Posted at 2:00 AM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 02:14:30-04
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy Central's longtime president is leaving as the cable channel faces declining ratings.
The channel said Monday that Michele Ganeless will be replaced by Kent Alterman, who as president of original programming guided shows including "Inside Amy Schumer."
Ganeless said in a statement that the decision to leave was hers, adding that she wanted to challenge herself in new ways.
Alterman will assume his new job immediately. Ganeless will remain as an adviser through September to help with the transition, which includes executive David Bernath's promotion to general manager, the channel said.
Ganeless, president of Comedy Central for 12 years, was part of parent company Viacom's team that helped launch the channel in 1991. Most recently, she guided it through the departures of popular hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.