Stephen Hill

President of Programming

Stephen Hill is the President of Programming for BET. Previously, he was the President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally.

Hill’s responsibilities include managing and directing the creation, development and production of all music programming and specials. A music enthusiast with a keen eye for talent, the Washington D.C. native has built a noteworthy catalog of programs and specials for BET Networks, including the #1 black family event on television, the BET AWARDS, the only show in television that salutes African American women, BLACK GIRLS ROCK, the #1 hip-hop themed show on television, the HIP HOP AWARDS, the soul clapping CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL, the inspiring BET HONORS and the perennially-popular 106 & PARK.
Hill and his team successfully launched the #1 prime time sitcom among all adults 18-49 and total viewers, the “Real Husbands Of Hollywood”. The semi-scripted reality television satire starring Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove and Nick Cannon debuted at the BET Awards ‘11 and proved to be an instant hit.

Previously, Hill was Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming for BET Networks. Prior to joining BET Networks in 1999, Stephen worked for four years at MTV in New York City as Director of Music Programming. As Director, Hill was responsible for selecting and programming all genres of videos for airplay, working with talent and supervising the network’s standards processes.
Hill got his start in the music industry working with industry legend, Elroy Smith, who was program director at WILD-AM in Boston, MA. In 1993, Hill and his team took WILD-AM to its highest rating ever, beating six full-time FM stations in the process. Hill has also done extensive work with ABC Radio Network’s Urban Gold Format, launching their 24-hour format. Gaining many accolades for his work with ABC Radio Networks, he also served as executive producer for the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Hill credits much of his success to his childhood passion of announcing various songs that he kept on a tape player. He began shaping his formal career at Brown's University’s radio station, WBRU-FM, in Providence, RI.


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