12 June 2013 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Hill is no stranger to tackling big events, but that doesn’t make his new job any easier.

The former Fox Sports chairman has been tapped to oversee Fox’s “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” both of which are in turmoil, struggling through ratings and unfortunate publicity in the last year.

Thrown into the breach after the departure of Fox reality chief Mike Darnell, Hill doesn’t have the option of cashing out on one show — primarily “X Factor” — and focusing his resources on just veteran hit “Idol.”

The net and Hill, then, are stuck with both shows at least in the near term, compounding viewer fatigue in a genre where NBC’s “The Voice” has become a formidable player.

Fox is clearly treating “Idol” as priority No. 1, with a series of sweeping changes. Not only is Darnell gone, but longtime exec producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have been shown the door, »


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