A+E Networks UK Appoints Former Scripps Exec as VP of Operations


LONDON: A+E Networks UK has tapped Matthew Westrup for the new role of VP of operations, effective in March.

In his new position, Westrup will oversee broadcast operations, media management, facilities and IT infrastructure for all of A+E Networks’s channels across the U.K., Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Westrup will be charged with building on the established reach of A+E Networks’s brands to ensure delivery of content to viewers and clients across the EMEA region, as well as development and investment with an eye toward future innovation.

Westrup joins A+E Networks UK from Scripps Networks Interactive, where he served as director of operations for the U.K. and EMEA. Prior to that, he was head of operations at Travel Channel International. Westrup will report to Nicolas Eglau, the COO of A+E Networks UK and general manager for the Nordics, the Benelux and CEEMEA.

Eglau commented: “I am delighted that Matthew is joining us at A+E Networks to spearhead our operations division. He has a proven track record of managing high-profile channel portfolios and leading on innovation as well as overseeing third parties activity and launching new channels. We look forward to welcoming him to the company.”

Westrup added: “I am very much looking forward to working with the team at A+E Networks to deliver first-class content and big-brand channels in the U.K. and across the EMEA region. It is an exciting time for A+E Networks and I am keen to be an integral part of the leadership team in the company’s next phase of growth and development.”

A+E Networks UK broadcasts 19 channels in 90 countries across EMEA.