NBC-Universal no doubt assigns management positions to their in-house executives not because they are the best candidates for the job, but because they are "Management Contract Players" so to speak...sent to where they are needed to fulfill management vacancies. It's similar to the old studio system of "Contract Players" among actors, where actors were sent to where they were needed on the studio lot to occupy acting positions.
This is no different to how media corporations shuffle around their management executives. In the case of Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern....they were assigned to the SyFy Channel not because of any knowledge of how to manage a Science Fiction channel....but because they were (and are) "Management Contract Players" for NBC-Universal. Management vacancies existed at the former Sci-Fi Channel, and NBC-Universal needed bodies to occupy those management positions.
Because Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern are in-house management nobodies to be shuffled around by NBC-Universal at a "whims" notice....they are not the best management money can buy for the SyFy Channel. The three of them are economical contract players who can be plugged into any cable network NBC-Universal owns at a moment's notice to fulfill management vacancies. Send Hammer, Howe, and Stern over to the USA Network, and they would manage it no differently from the SyFy Channel. If the three of them were to leave NBC-Universal and say....get miraculously snatched up the "Hub Network", they would manage "Hub" no differently from the SyFy Channel or the USA Network.
Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern all come from the "Dime a Dozen Fraternity of Underwhelming Television Executives." This select...shameful group of television executives all operate in the exact same way to compensate for their usual lack of talent and imagination in television programming. When managing the latest television network they are assigned to...they pull out their "Psychogram Demographic Playbook"....and program that network according to this data.
You will never be pleasantly surprised by anything Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern do on any cable network they are assigned to...because in order for the response of "surprise" to take place...the pre-existing conditions of talent, imagination, and inspired thinking would have to exist within Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern beforehand. That is one of those "Eighth Wonders of the World" phenomenons we will never see from the three of them.
Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern manage and program the SyFy Channel within the confines of a typically boring "Status Quo Framework" because they know of no other way in absence of the collective lack of talent, imagination, and inspired thinking they all suffer from.
To get executives more dynamic, talented, and imaginative to oversee the SyFy Channel, would require millions of more dollars in salaries....millions of more dollars NBC-Universal obviously is unwilling to spend. And this would require NBC-Universal to look beyond its present comedy troupe of in-house contract player executives...(Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern.)