Tim Brooks (born April 18, 1942) is an American television and radio historian, author and retired television executive. He is credited with having helped launch the Sci Fi Channel in 1992 as well as other USA Network projects and channels.
Comments made by Brooks regarding the Sci Fi Channels name being changed in 2009 to Syfy led network president Dave Howe to publicly distance himself and his network from Brooks' comments.
^ abc"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."
^ abJon 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."