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Debra Lee Steps Down As CEO At BET

Debra Lee, who has been with Black Entertainment Television (BET) since 1986, will step down from her role as CEO and chairman May 28.

In December, Scott Mills succeeded her regarding the day-to-day operations of the network and he also assumed the role of President.

“In her two decades at the helm of BET Networks, Debi has built BET into a truly global entertainment powerhouse, bringing this dominant African-American brand to more than 60 countries and 125 million households,” Robert Bakish, CEO and president of Viacom, said in a statement.

BET was founded by Robert and Sheila Johnson in 1979 and sold to Viacom in 2000.

“The news of Lee’s departure comes as Bakish has taken a strong hand to the Viacom portfolio, making major executive changes at each of the key brands and placing new executives at the top of key networks that include MTV/VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and now BET, (The Hollywood Reporter).”

Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bet-taps-new-president-debra-lee-remain-chairman-ceo-1067678

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