On Deck: New Weekly Column for Foxsports.com

At the risk of appearing self-promotional (like that would ever happen in this town), I’d like to mention a second gig I’m beginning this week, writing a weekly column for Foxsports.com.

The column, analyzing sports coverage on TV and in media, will be separate and distinct from my job at Variety, where I’ll continue to write two columns each week in addition to reviewing TV and movies.

I mention this primarily to prevent any confusion (since Fox is putting out an announcement today) regarding the fact that my role at Variety is unchanged. Also, I wanted to disclose this new relationship with Foxsports.com, which means I will recuse myself from specifically writing about them for Variety — and reveal the conflict in anything more than a passing reference.

Fox’s release filled with flattering prose (blush) is attached, and here’s a link to the debut column for those who don’t get enough of me here (unlikely, I know). Thanks for your indulgence, and my gratitude to my bosses at Variety for allowing me to scratch my sports itch.


Column “From the Couch” Debuts Today

is First TV-Affiliated Web Site to Cover Industry 


Brian Lowry, renowned
media columnist for Variety, today joins
FOXSports.com on MSN as a sports media critic. 
Lowry, who retains his position with Variety,
now also contributes a weekly column called From
the Couch for FOXSports.com, making the site the first affiliated with a TV
network to engage in
criticism and analysis of the industry. Lowry’s debut column, focusing on NBA
Playoff coverage, is available at http://msn.foxsports.com.   

“From the Couch” analyzes the state of sports
coverage on television and trends in the business, serving as a surrogate for the
countless fans who follow their favorite teams from the couch, not the stands.
His mandate is to provide his honest opinion, without fear or favor; no matter
what network is televising the event.

“Adding a reviewer of Brian Lowry’s stature reflects our
mission to acquire the best talent possible,” said Stephen
, Managing Editor for FOXSports.com. “Sports fans
across the country will soon know what TV insiders have realized for years;
that Brian Lowry knows the medium and his writing is passionate, fun to read
and on point.”

“Network-affiliated web sites have long shied away from TV
criticism, for a variety of reasons,” said Ed Bunnell,
Senior Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Interactive. “If there’s
one thing FOX is not, it’s shy. We expect Brian Lowry to bring attitude to his
analysis and criticism of all the major players in the industry, including our

Brian Lowry has been a media columnist and TV
critic for Variety, a leading entertainment trade publication, since September
2003. Before that, he spent seven years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter
and columnist covering the television industry, which was preceded by a
nine-year stint at Variety.

very excited about the opportunity to contribute to FOXSports.com,” said Lowry.
“I’ve always been a huge sports fan, and hopefully I can bring something fresh
to the view from the couch. Given that most fans experience games on TV, I hope
to give them something to think about regarding how the action is covered and
Lowry has been a contributor to National Public Radio and is the former co-host
of “Square Off,” a weekly talk program about the television business
on TV Guide Network. He also is the author of two authorized companion guides
to the FOX series “The X-Files.”

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