Fox Exec Plans to Leave

May 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

At the end of the summer, Fox Network Distribution President Bob Quicksilver will leave the network he joined six years ago.

“It has been a terrific run,” Mr. Quicksilver told TelevisionWeek last week after working out details of his exit from the network.

He will work with Fox Networks Group President and CEO Tony Vinciquerra and Fox Television Network President Ed Wilson on the transition until he makes his final commute from his Fox office on the West Coast to his home in the Baltimore area.

A replacement for Mr. Quicksilver has not yet been named.

Mr. Quicksilver, who previously in his career had been VP and general counsel for Sinclair Broadcast Group and River City Broadcasting, joined Fox initially as executive VP of distribution and affiliate relations and as the network’s lobbyist in Washington. Fox was trying to get the cap on station ownership raised (it has stayed at 35 percent) and had a relationship with affiliates that was fraught with conflict.

“I came to Fox to build and strengthen our partnership with our affiliates, our distribution system. I’m proud to say we accomplished that,” said Mr. Quicksilver, whose absence had been noted at the recent National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.

He did not speak about his post-Fox plans.

“I just decided it is time for a new challenge,” he said.

“Bob has done a terrific job at this network,” Mr. Wilson said.