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Gemstar-TV Guide (GMST) named Ryan O'Hara president of TV Guide Channel.

In this newly created role, O'Hara will oversee all aspects of TV Guide Channel and TV Guide SPOT, the company's new on-demand network, including programming, marketing, advertising sales, operations, business affairs and finance.

Since early 2004, O'Hara has been president of TVG Network, Gemstar-TV Guide's interactive horse racing television network.

"Ryan has done an outstanding job operating and building the TVG network," CEO Rich Battista said. "Under his leadership, TVG has experienced tremendous revenue growth while adding a distinctive edge to its product offering for consumers, advertisers and distributors. Ryan takes the reins of TV Guide Channel when the network is in a unique competitive position, with substantial opportunities ahead. I look forward to seeing Ryan take the network to the next level of growth."

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O'Hara joined Gemstar-TV Guide in 2002 as senior vice president, Business Development and Strategic Planning. Before joining Gemstar-TV Guide, O'Hara was based in London with BSkyB.

On Monday, Gemstar fell 5 cents to $2.91.