Tim Brooks (television historian)

Tim Brooks
Born (1942-04-18) 18 April 1942
Occupation Business executive,
historian, writer
Language English
Nationality American
Genre History
Subject Television, radio, recording industry
Notable works The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows

Tim Brooks (born April 18, 1942) is an American television and radio historian, author and retired television executive.[1] He is credited with having helped launch the Sci Fi Channel in 1992 as well as other USA Network projects and channels.[2][3]

Comments made by Brooks regarding the Sci Fi Channel's name being changed in 2009 to Syfy[3] led network president Dave Howe to publicly distance himself and his network from Brooks' comments.[4]


The Complete Directory by Brooks and Marsh won a 1980 U.S. National Book Award in the one-year category General Reference (paperback).[5][lower-alpha 1]

Brooks was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 2007 to 2013.[6]



  1. From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Award history there were dual awards for hardcover and paperback books in many categories. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints but this one was new.


  1. Michael Schneider (May 22, 2007). "Tim Brooks to exit Lifetime: Exec will focus on TV tome". Variety. "Brooks will exit Lifetime Networks at the end of the year, capping a 30-year career as a television research exec. He has been with Lifetime since 2000, most recently serving as executive VP of research."
  2. 1 2 3 "Tim Brooks". National Cable & Telecommunications Association. 2009. "Tim Brooks retired at the end of 2007 as Executive Vice President of Research for Lifetime Television. ... was Senior Vice President, Research for USA Networks, ... While there he helped structure the programming plan for the launch of the Sci-Fi Channel in 1992 ... Regarded as one of television's leading historians, Brooks has had a parallel career as a writer on television and record industry history."
  3. 1 2 Jon Lafayette (March 15, 2009). "Sci Fi Channel Aims to Shed Geeky Image With New Name". TVWeek. "The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular," said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network."
  4. SCI FI Wire Staff (March 20, 2009). "SCI FI president Dave Howe answers your Syfy questions". Sci Fi Wire. "We didn't say this! This was a quote by a TV historian named Tim Brooks, speaking to TV Week, which has been mistakenly attributed to us by some people."
  5. "National Book Awards – 1980". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  6. http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/george-foster-peabody-awards-board-members

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