Former KABC-TV general manager Terry Crofoot Tuesday was named VP of news for the Fox Television Stations, a role in which he will develop news strategies in each of the group’s markets.

Crofoot left KABC over the summer following a five-year stint as president and generalmanager of the O&O.

His position remains vacant, but it’s believed that ABC O&O prez Larry Pollock may be close to announcing a replacement now that the owned stations have completed their budget plans for next year and wrapped up a precedent-setting Hispanic-hiring agreement with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (Daily Variety, Nov. 2).

General managers both inside and outside of ABC have been mentioned as potential replacements. But one name that has frequently come up in the rumor mill is that of Alan Nesbitt, general manager of WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia where Pollock is based.

Leslie Hinton, chairman-CEO of the Fox O&Os, said the group has “ambitious plans for news across all our stations.”

Crofoot, who will be based in Los Angeles, will be called on to develop strategies in each of the markets “to strengthen and expand our news programming” by working with various station general managers, Hinton said.

When he left, KABC news was in first place in the market.

A broadcasting vet of 28 years, Crofoot served as KABC’s news director for seven years before being appointed general manager.

The Fox group consist of stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Salt Lake City. It has also agreed to acquire WGBS-TV in Philadelphia and has reacquired an interest in its former Boston O&O.

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