As senior vice president of programming for Travel Channel, Ross Babbit provides creative and editorial direction to the network’s team of producers, editors and programming partners. Elevated to this role in February 2012, he also oversees the departments of program scheduling and program partnerships for the network.
Prior to this role, Ross served as the senior vice president and general manager of DIY Network, where he supervised all departments including programming, creative services and marketing. In addition, Babbit worked closely with sister property, HGTV, to bring about greater collaboration between the two networks.
During his earlier role as senior vice president of programming and partnerships, Babbit developed and supervised many of the network’s highest profile endeavors, including ongoing programming partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, NFL Network, MLB Network, and Madame Tussauds. He was responsible for spearheading groundbreaking programming stunts, such as the Stud Finder Talent Contest, Crash Across America,and the Search for America’s Most Desperate Landscape in partnership with NBC’s TODAY. Babbit also managed DIY Network’s editorial relationships with various publications, such as Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Country Living and Food Network Magazine.
As head of programming, he played an integral role in the network’s programming development and oversaw several original commissioned productions and acquisitions including DIY Network’s popular primetimes series: Yard Crashers; House Crashers; Bath Crashers; Man Caves; Hollywood Hi-Tech; Cool Tools; Indoors Out; Desperate Landscapes; Turf War; DIY Dominator;Rescue Renovation; and This New House, a joint venture with This Old House.
Babbit joined DIY Network in 2004 as a programming director and in 2010 he held the position of vice president of programming partnerships and special projects before moving up to senior vice president of programming and partnerships in early 2011. February 2012 marked his transition to Travel Channel as senior vice president of programming. Prior to joining Scripps, he spent nearly five years as a producer of breaking news and feature stories for The CBS Early Show in New York. Throughout his career, he’s worked as a writer, producer and/or director for Food Network, Comedy Central, ESPN, Lifetime, CBS News Productions, and 20th Century Fox.
Babbit graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
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