Herwitz Steps Down as Fox Television Stations President

Sep 21, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox Television Stations President Tom Herwitz has left the group with which he has been associated since being named VP and general manager of WTTG-TV, Washington, nearly two decades ago.

“We’ve come an awfully long way since we started with six stations, 22 hours of news a week and Merv Griffin in Prime,” Mr. Herwitz said in an e-mail to his staff Tuesday.

Now the Fox station group consists of 35 stations in 26 markets that represent nearly 45 percent of the country. The group includes Fox-UPN duopolies in five large markets.

Former Fox News Channel executive Jack Abernethy was named CEO of the station group late last year. After Lachlan Murdoch abruptly resigned this summer from News Corp., where his duties had included overseeing the group, Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes added the title of chairman of Fox Television Stations.

There was no word on whether Mr. Herwitz , a Federal Communications Commission aide before joining Fox, would be replaced or on what he intends to do next.