Conal Byrne » Senior Vice President, Digital Media, Discovery Communications
Conal Byrne is Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Discovery Communications, where he leads digital strategies and champions emerging platforms and technologies, including the company’s new virtual reality offering – Discovery VR, across a robust portfolio – including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and more.
Previously, Byrne was Vice President of Digital Media for Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, where he oversaw multiplatform strategies for the networks. In earlier roles at Discovery, Byrne has served as General Manager of HowStuffWorks.com – where he launched the popular Stuff You Should Know podcast, led TLC and Discovery Fit & Health’s digital efforts and nurtured DiscoveryNews.com as it spawned TestTube’s daily DNews series.
Prior to joining HowStuffWorks.com in 2007, Byrne was Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of The Sunday Paper, an Atlanta newsweekly. Within 12 months of its inception, the paper had accrued an audience of 500,000 weekly readers across metro Atlanta. As such, it was the fastest-growing newsweekly in the United States.
Byrne received a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Columbia University.