Debra Lee is no longer president of BET Networks–here’s who replaced her

Scott M. Mills will take over the day-to-day as Lee focuses on BET's relationships

Scott M. Mills will take over the day-to-day as Lee focuses on BET's relationships

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On Thursday, BET Networks announced a new president: Scott M. Mills.

Mills will reportedly step into the role starting Jan. 1 of next year, though Debra L. Lee will continue to serve as Chairman and CEO and will serve in an advisory capacity to Mills.

“Today, BET is thriving as the #1 network for African American audiences, and we continue to see strong growth in ratings, share and social engagement. I have spent more than 20 years leading this incredible enterprise and I am so proud of the BET team and all that we have accomplished. As I look to the future, I believe it is the right time to take a step back from day-to-day responsibilities at BET. I look forward to working closely with Scott, Michael, our many talented people – and very importantly, BET’s communities and external stakeholders,” Lee said in a press release announcing the move.

In his new role, Mills will oversee the day-to-day operations of BET, including ad sales and network programming.

“BET has consistently produced exciting, thought-provoking content, shaping culture and conversation with African Americans and young audiences around the world.  I am honored to work alongside Debi, Michael and the incredible team at BET as we accelerate the network’s evolution across film, digital and live experiences,” Mills said.

Lee will continue as Chairman and CEO, focusing on BET’s relationships with key external stakeholders and communities, and serve as an advisor to Mills.