Kathleen Finch gave props to her mother for laying the groundwork for life success. “She was the most adamant 1970s Greenwich Village feminist you could imagine…[it’s] women like her who made it a lot easier for women like me,” Finch recalled in accepting the 2016 Woman of the Year award from Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT). It’s fitting recognition for the person responsible for all the content Scripps Networks viewers see and share.
While Finch called the award “incredibly special,” she said she doesn’t take it personally. She passed along credit to the programming, marketing, research and digital teams she oversees. “You guys kick [it] every single day. This is your award for all you do that makes this possible,” she said.
Finch praised her husband and three daughters for their support, and credited her mentor, former Food Network President Judy Girard, for introducing her to WICT. “It was so inspiring…to see all these incredible…women, whose sole reason for getting together was to help others.”
Finch rose to her current position of chief content, programming & brand officer last year after serving as president of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. During her tenure, the networks chalked up record ratings and revenue. The WICT Woman of the Year award is given annually to one individual who’s had a significant impact on both her company and the cable telecommunications industry.