The man who brought the constant score and time graphic to sports telecasts and innovations like hockey's glow puck and football's yellow first-down line, is leaving his longtime home at 21st Century Fox. David Hill, who has been with News Corp. since 1988, will leave the company just as the next generation of Murdochs takes over.
While Fox Sports 1 believes it will be competitive with ESPN within a few years after its August 17 launch, at least one of Bristol’s corporate overseers seems all but dismissive of the startup’s chances.
After months of speculation—and 15 years of behind-the-scenes machinations—Fox Sports on Tuesday officially announced plans to launch a national cable sports network.
In a major restructuring of News Corp.’s media and entertainment juggernaut, Peter Rice has been elevated to chairman and CEO of the Fox Networks Group. The promotion puts Rice at the helm of the broadcast unit, the cable networks FX and National Geographic Channel and Fox Sports.
Speed president Hunter Nickell on Monday announced he is stepping down from his post at the end of the year, putting the brakes on a six-year stint at the Fox Sports cable network.
Given the bloodshed and controlled violence that are hallmarks of mixed martial arts events, advertisers understandably have been skittish about aligning themselves with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But in the run-up to the UFC’s national broadcast TV debut, media buyers say demand for Fox’s new sports property should be fast and furious.