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Fox sales chief Jon Nesvig to retire

Longtime exec to leave post at year end

Fox Broadcasting was on the air two nights a week and Barry Diller was in charge when Jon Nesvig joined the network as senior veep of ad sales in 1989. As the exec announced Thursday his intent to retire at year’s end after 40 years in the biz, much has changed for the net and the industry.

For starters, Fox has been No. 1 among the Big Four nets for the past six seasons and counting.

Known for his no-nonsense, drill-sergeant delivery and mastery of ad sales facts and figures, Nesvig is a well-loved figure inside Fox and respected by his network TV peers as the dean of TV sales execs.

“It’s been an incredible run, but it’s time to call it a day,” Nesvig said. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to work in an exciting industry and to deal with many very talented people, both as co-workers and clients. Now I’m looking forward to enjoying my grandchildren and trying to improve my golf game.”

Nesvig was upped to prexy of sales in 1994. Three years later, he added an exec veep title and took on responsibility for developing sales strategies across all of Fox’s television businesses.

Fox Broadcasting did not immediately name a successor. There’s no doubt that Nesvig will be a tough act to follow.

“For the last five years I’ve used every trick I could think of to get Jon to stay,” said Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. “But when we discussed it recently and he said it was time, I had no arguments left. For over 20 years he’s given us his very best.”

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