HOLLYWOOD — Continuing to firm up its management roster following the group’s acquisition of the Chris-Craft stations, Fox Television Stations has named Jeff Murri vice president-general manager in Detroit and Carol Rueppel VP-G.M. in Minneapolis.
Murri replaces Jim Clayton as G.M. of Fox’s owned-and-operated Detroit station, WJBK. Clayton moved from the Detroit station to Gotham to serve as the VP-G.M. of Fox’s duopoly created there by the Chris-Craft acquisition (Daily Variety, July 30).
Murri is being upped from general sales manager. He’ll oversee all business and administrative duties at the TV station and oversee the local advertising sales and marketing efforts for Fox Sports Net Detroit.
Rueppel will manage a duopoly in Minneapolis created by the Chris-Craft acquisition, serving as VP-G.M. of Fox O&Os KMSP UPN 9 and WFTC Fox 29 as well as the regional sports net in the market. KMSP previously was owned by Chris-Craft.
Rueppel comes to the market from Fox’s WITI in Milwaukee, where she has been VP-G.M. since April 1997. Her replacement there has not yet been named.
She replaces Stu Schwartz as G.M. of KMSP and Steve Spendlove at WFTC.