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Vinciquerra to head Fox Networks Group

Jun 10, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Fox Television Network President Tony Vinciquerra is now president and CEO of the Fox Networks Group, a position that gives him oversight of more than 30 major domestic cable and satellite networks owned by News Corp., in addition to oversight of the business operations of the Fox network.
A well-regarded Hearst-Argyle Television executive and former CBS Television stations group executive before he moved West for the Fox Television job at the end of 2001, Mr. Vinciquerra will report to News Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin.
Mr. Vinciquerra’s expanded job incorporates turf once occupied by Fox Television Chairman Brian Mulligan, who left late in 2001, and Jeff Shell, who left his position as president and CEO of the Fox Cable Networks Group in April to run embattled Gemstar-TV Guide International.
Mr. Vinciquerra said he’ll focus quickly on “finding ways to make it easy to do business with us” through combined efforts of NewsCorp One, the integrated sales and marketing arm that reports to News Corp. Deputy COO Lachlan Murdoch, and the cable sales systems. “We want to be the easiest and the best to deal with,” Mr. Vinciquerra said.
He’ll also be looking for efficiencies and improvements in the delivery of content. “This is a wonderful opportunity to look at the infrastructure of all the networks at a time when technology continues to evolve along with the relationships that advertisers and consumers have with television,” Mr. Vinciquerra said.
“Tony is one of the most talented and respected executives in this industry,” said Mr. Chernin in making the announcement. “He has already made an impact on the Fox television network in a very short time. … We’re delighted we’ll now have the benefit of his deep operational expertise across both cable and broadcast networks-two of our most powerful assets.”
Sources familiar with the situation expect no reorganization on the cable or broadcast side with the move. Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes is expected to continue to report to Mr. Chernin and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Fox Television Stations Chairman and CEO Mitch Stern will continue to report to Lachlan Murdoch.