Faiman shifts Fox posts

Peter Faiman is exiting as executive producer of Fox’s new morning show “Fox After Breakfast.”

Faiman will return from the show’s New York base to Los Angeles and his post as production prexy of Twentieth Television.

However, Faiman may be exiting the company entirely down the road as executive changes within Fox and Twentieth have put his future role in doubt, sources said.

Replacing Faiman at “Fox After Breakfast” is Peter Howden, who currently serves as co-executive producer.

The departure of Faiman is the latest of several changes for the struggling morning show. In the last month, the show’s other exec producer, Joachim Blunck, and co-host Laurie Hibberd were bounced from the show. Hibberd is said to have learned of her demise from the show’s limousine driver, who had overheard senior Fox TV execs discussing her removal, then passed the information on to her. Hibberd landed on her feet though, joining ABC’s “Good Morning America” as on-air correspondent.

Also gone is Bob the puppet, who had been a main element of the show. This week, Fox tapped producer Nely Galan, who used to head Canal Fox as a guest co-host. The future of the remaining host Tom Bergeron may also be a short one, sources close to the show said. Bergeron is said to be concerned with all the changes going on backstage at the show.

Faiman had close ties to Murdoch and was named president of production for Twentieth Television’s programming department arm two years ago. However, the appointment of Greg Nathanson to executive in charge of development for Fox TV put Faiman’s future in question.

Since debuting last summer in the 9 a.m. slot on Fox affiliates, the hourlong “Fox After Breakfast” has struggled. It is currently averaging a 1.0 rating and 9 share. It has not been helped by the fact that its lead-in is Fox’s kidvid fare. It also has been hurt by the strong start of Warner Bros.’ syndicated talker “Rosie O’Donnell.”

Fox recently gave the affiliates the go-ahead to move the show to the 10 a.m.-11 a.m. hour where the competition may be easier.

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