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Mar 18, 2002  •  Post A Comment

McGrath to head MTV Networks Music Group
New York-Viacom Veteran Judy McGrath has been promoted from MTV Group president to president of MTV Networks Music Group, a broad new position that adds responsibility for VH1 and CMT and all of the company’s digital music services to her duties. John Sykes, who had been president of VH1 and CMT, was named chairman and CEO of Infinity Radio. VH1 senior managers will report to Ms. McGrath while the struggling network’s structure is under review. Van Toffler continues as president of MTV, MTV2 and MTV Films and will report to Ms. McGrath, as will recently named CMT General Manager Brian Phillips.
Lott vows to block FCC nomination
Washington-Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., vowed last week to block the nomination of Jonathan Adelstein to a Democratic vacancy at the Federal Communications Commission, after Senate Democrats refused to confirm the appointment of one of Sen. Lott’s longtime friends-U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering-to the federal appeals court.
Fox is on the hunt for marketing chief
Los Angeles-Fox has hired Mike Levin Search Consultants to find the network a new marketing chief to help it boost its sagging fortunes, according to Advertising Age. Through March 10, Fox ratings sank a massive 24 percent for its regular programming in the key adults 18 to 49 demographic. Sandy Grushow, chairman of Fox Television Entertainment Group, has, for the most part, run the marketing of the network during the past year. Fox’s most senior marketing executive, Cindy Hauser, senior VP, marketing and creative director, recently left the company.