Fox Networks' President & COO David Haslingden Stepping Down

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David Haslingden, the president and COO of Fox Networks Group, will step down at the end of the calendar year, NewsCorp. said Wednesday. Haslingden, who has served in the position since January 2011, is leaving to return to his native Australia and spend more time with his family, the company said. Also read: Can MundoFox Reproduce Fox's Success - en Espanol? Prior to becoming Fng's president and COO, Haslingden served as the CEO of Fox International Channels (Fic), which he was instrumental in creating and developing, and National Geographic Channels Worldwide. Overall,
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David Haslingden To Step Down As President, COO Fox Networks Group

New York – August 15, 2012 – News Corporation (Nasdaq: Nws, Nwsa; Asx: Nws, Nwslv) today announced that David Haslingden, who has served as President and COO of Fox Networks Group since January 2011, has decided to step down at the end of the calendar year in order to return to his native Australia and spend more time with his family. Mr. Haslingden was instrumental in the creation and growth of Fox International Channels (Fic), a business unit that now encompasses more than 350 channels in over 55 countries. Prior to his current role, he was CEO of both Fic and National Geographic Channels Worldwide for more than 10 years, and has served News Corporation in a variety of executive roles in the U.S., Asia, Australia and Europe over the past two decades. Chase Carey, President and COO of News Corporation, commented: “Since joining News Corporation, David has been a driving force in the evolution of the
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'American Idol' could last for six more seasons

'American Idol' could last for six more seasons
A NewsCorp executive has said that American Idol could last for up to 17 seasons. The show has had a significant decline in popularity over recent years, with the ratings for this season's finale down 32% on last year. Despite this, president of the Fox Networks Group David Haslingden claimed at a recent media summit he is optimistic the show can "continue on for 15, 16, 17 seasons". According to The Hollywood Reporter, Haslingden also said the network is "absolutely committed" to American Idol, and would "throw all resources" (more)
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Fox Executive: 'American Idol' Could Last for 17 Seasons

Fox Executive: 'American Idol' Could Last for 17 Seasons
A top News Corp. executive told an investor conference Thursday that Fox's American Idol could last for up to 17 seasons and said the network is optimistic that it can stop its ratings decline. Speaking at the Nomura 2nd annual U.S. Media & Telecom Summit in New York, David Haslingden, president of the Fox Networks Group, said the network is "absolutely committed" to the music talent show, which has aired for 11 seasons. He vowed it would "throw all resources'" at improving its ratings again. Photos: 12 of 'American Idol's' Most Popular Heartthrobs "This is still the number one

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News Corp. Executive: James Murdoch's News International Resignation Was Just A Delayed Step

New York - James Murdoch's resignation on Wednesday as executive chairman of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper unit is mostly a delayed step that was long expected inside of the entertainment conglomerate, David Haslingden, president and COO of the Fox Networks Group, told an investor conference on Wednesday. "Really there is little change," he said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. After the son of News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch last year took on the bigger role of deputy COO, he stayed on as head of the U.K. newspaper business "longer than anticipated" in the

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Andrew Setos Out as Fox Group's Engineering President

Exclusive Andrew Setos is out as president of engineering for the Fox Group. A Fox spokesman told TheWrap that Setos’ contract was up and the decision to leave was his own. He had been in the company for 23 years, and has been in charge of engineering needs for the sprawling media company’s film and television arms. In a letter to staff announcing Setos’ departure, Fox Networks Group President and COO David Haslingden praised Setos’ work on content protection and role in building digital broadcast facilities throughout the country. “Andy has also been a pioneer
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Tony Vinciquerra To Leave Fox, David Haslingden To Head Fox Networks Group

Big change on the TV side of News Corp. - Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, is leaving the company after 10 years, he just announced to the staff (his email is below). In a separate memo, also posted below, News Corp. president and COO Chase Carey lays out Fox's new hierarchy, with David Haslingden, CEO of Fox International Channels, now being named president and COO of the Fox Networks Group. But in the new reporting structure, the layer that Vinciquerra held is being eliminated, with his current reports Haslingden; David Hill, Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group; Peter Rice, Chairman Entertainment, Fng; and Mike Hopkins, President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Cable, now all reporting to Carey. In the past couple of years, Vinciquerra emerged as Fox's top TV deal-maker, spearheading tough carriage negotiations with Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Dish that netted
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News Corp. restructures cable operations

News Corp. has put the final touches on a management restructuring of its cable TV operations.

Effective immediately, Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice will add oversight of FX Networks (FX and Fox Movie Channel), assuming the title of entertainment chairman at Fox Networks Group.

The move brings all entertainment-centered domestic Fox networks -- broadcast and cable -- under one executive, Rice, and marks a big promotion for the former Fox Searchlight topper, who has been in the TV business for 10 months.

Similarly, Fox Sports chairman and CEO David Hill will be in charge of all Fox sports TV operations, including Fox Sports, the company's 19 regional sports networks, Fox Soccer Channel, Speed, Fox Sports en Espanol and Fuel TV. He also will oversee the company's joint venture sports businesses Stats and Big Ten Network.

Rice and Hill will continue to report to Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra.

Rich Battista,
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Nat Geo gains new tagline, miniseries

Nat Geo gains new tagline, miniseries
Following the announcement of a spinoff network, National Geographic is about to announce its first global tagline: "Live Curious."

The marketing hook will not only serve Nat Geo Channel and the upcoming Nat Geo Wild, but it also will work across the company's channels around the world in 165 countries and 34 languages.

The tagline, to be introduced Nov. 15, follows the company's adoption last year of a global logo and on-air look, along with an increase in programming co-productions.

"We felt like this was an opportunity for a warmer and more human connection among all the channels," Nat Geo Channel global CEO David Haslingden said. "We worried about pleasing a disproportionate audience, but the process of selecting a tagline was much easier than we anticipated. We found that people from around the world embraced this notion of living curious."

The company also is readying a seven-hour miniseries to be broadcast globally next fall.
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Nat Geo Wild launches in 2010, what to expect

There's a new channel in town, adding to the excellent programming reputation already established by National Geographic Channel (Ngc). Fox Cable Networks (Fcn), National Geographic Ventures (Ngv) and National Geographic Channel U.S. (Ngc) last week announced the upcoming launch of Nat Geo Wild, a new cable network dedicated to bringing audiences extraordinary natural history programming . offering intimate encounters with nature.s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air. Like National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild will be a joint venture between Ngv and Fcn. Rich Battista, president, Fox National Cable Networks; John Fahey, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society; and David Haslingden, CEO National Geographic Channels Worldwide and Fox International Channels made the
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News Corp. confirms Star TV breakup

Hong Kong -- Some 30% of staff in Hong Kong will leave Star TV as a result of News Corp.'s reshuffling of its broadcast businesses in Asia.

The announcement made Tuesday by James Murdoch, News Corp.'s chairman and CEO in Europe and Asia, confirmed previous reports that the conglomerate will dismantle Star's Asian regional business that has been based in Hong Kong since 1991.

Star's CEO Paul Aiello is exiting as part of the breakup and will quit the company in December after a hand over period. COO Laureen Ong's departure this month was announced in July.

The group will be replaced by two local clusters -- Star India and Star Greater China -- and a channel management business that is merged into the existing Fox International Channels business in Asia.

"The changes will take place over the next year, with much being accomplished by the end of this fiscal year,
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Star to undergo restructure

Star to undergo restructure
Hong Kong -- News Corp. is planning a major restructure of Star, its Asian TV entertainment business based in Hong Kong.

The revamp of the Rupert Murdoch-owned satcaster is not just a response to the global recession but a corporate streamlining move inspired by Fox International Channels boss nm2602198 autoDavid Haslingden[/link] and News Corp.'s European and Asian boss James Murdoch, who five years ago occupied a corner office at Star's glitzy Hong Kong offices.

Together, they plan to eliminate overlap between Star and Fic, which can be seen as parallel entities competing for eyeballs, advertising and overhead.

Star packages 60 own-branded regional and national channels in 13 Asian languages and claims to broadcast to 53 Asian countries. Beyond Hong Kong, it has offices in India, Taiwan, mainland China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the U.S. and the U.K.

Fic, whose Asian regional headquarters sits within the same Harbourfront offices as Star,
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National Geographic taps Schiffman

National Geographic Channel has officially tapped Steve Schiffman as the network's GM and executive vp.

Schiffman, who had been acting GM since the spring, was NGC's executive vp marketing and digital media, where he was responsible for marketing, digital media, brand management, communication, business development and research. He will report to NGC CEO David Haslingden.

"NGC has been a tremendous success, and Steve has been a principal contributor to that momentum for more than five years," Haslingden said. "Under his leadership during the past year, the network realized record ratings and revenue growth. As we move into the future, I have full confidence that Steve will help lead the National Geographic Channel toward developing its full potential by aggressively expanding our business with various line extensions and across diverse platforms."

Since 1989, Schiffman has served in executive positions at the Weather Channel, NASCAR and Kraft Foods in addition to his active involvement in the Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing, where he serves on the board of directors and the CTAM planning committee.

Lopez appointed head of Fox Int'l Channels

MEXICO CITY -- Fox International Channels, the pay TV subsidiary of News Corp., has promoted Hernan Lopez to president and COO.

Lopez will report to David Haslingden, president and CEO of Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International and U.S.

In addition to his new role, Lopez will maintain his responsibilities as president of Fox Latin American Channels and managing director of FX U.K.

Under Lopez's watch, the company has launched FX, Fox Life, Speed Channel and Baby TV in Latin America as well as FX and FX+ in the U.K.

Additionally, FIC has created two new production houses in Latin America: Fox Toma 1 and Fox Telecolombia. Distribution of Fox's basic and premium channels in Latin America and the U.K. also grew considerably during Lopez's tenure.

"(Lopez) is credited with a turnaround that saw revenue grow fourfold since his appointment as general manager in 2000," the company said in a statement.

Burns tapped NGC exec vp

Steve Burns has been named executive vp content at National Geographic Channel. He will be based at the network's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

A 30-year industry veteran, Burns will be responsible for NGC programming and strategy content, including development, production, acquisitions and scheduling. He will report to CEO David Haslingden.

The appointment follows Haslingden's announcement that the company plans to push NGC into a "larger international strategy," in which Burns will play an important role.

Burns joins NGC from Discovery Networks, where he has held several senior and executive titles since 1992. Most recently, he served as executive vp and chief science editor and oversaw a series of expedition specials called Discovery Channel Quest.

Before joining Discovery Networks, Burns was a supervising producer with NGC, where he contributed to its Emmy Award-winning series Explorer.

"I'm pleased to be returning home to this respected brand at such an important phase of its evolution," Burns said. "The proven programming strategy of combining strong series and high-profile specials has created tremendous ratings momentum for the network, and I look forward to building on that success."