Report: Departing Fox Broadcasting Ad Sales Chief Jon Nesvig May Not Be Replaced

Oct 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Under one scenario, News Corp.doesn’t plan on replacing retiring Fox Broadcasting ad sales president Jon Nesvig, and instead will ask the group’s current second-in-commands to oversee their units without an overall sales chief, reports John Consoli in Mediaweek.

The two — Jean Rossi of entertainment sales and Neil Mulcahy of sports sales — would then report directly to Fox Networks Group Chairman Tony Vinciquerra, the story says.

Others believe that Hank Close, the former head of MTV Network ad sales, may be one of those considered to replace Nesvig. Close didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Fox spokeswoman Elissa Johansmeier said that the company hasn’t announced a succession plan.

One of the more unique aspects of Nesvig’s tenure is that he has the ear of News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch whenever Nesvig wants it.

News Corp. doesn’t plan on replacing retiring Fox Broadcasting ad sales president Jon Nesvig, and instead will ask the group’s current second-in-commands to oversee their units without an overall sales chief, reports John Consoli in Mediaweek.

The two — Jean Rossi of entertainment sales and Neil Mulcahy of sports sales — will report directly to Fox Networks Group Chairman Tony Vinciquerra, the story says.

Fox spokeswoman Elissa Johansmeier said that the company hasn’t announced a succession plan. Still, some believe that Hank Close, the former head of MTV Network ad sales, may be one of those considered to replace Nesvig. Close didn’t return calls seeking comment, the story said.

One of the qualities that made Nesvig unique in his position is that he had the ear of the head of the company, Rupert Murdoch, when he wanted it.

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