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Tony Vinciquerra out at Fox Networks Group; David Haslingden promoted

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Tony Vinciquerra, the highly respected prexy/CEO of Fox Networks Group, is out after eight years.

In a restructure announced Thursday by News Corp. prexy/COO Chase Carey, Fox International Channels topper David Haslingden has been named president and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group. Vinciquerra departs on Feb. 11.

“Tony has done an outstanding job building the Fox Networks Group into a powerful and important asset for the Company,” Carey said. “We are grateful for his leadership over the past decade and, while we will miss his guidance, we respect his decision to seek new challenges at this point in his career.”

Vinciquerra has played a major role in Fox’s recent retransmission consent battles with cable operators. But he’s been rumored to potentially be on the way out for some time, particularly after Chase returned to News Corp. in 2009.

“I’ve had an amazing decade at this company and am proud of the many accomplishments we’ve made as a team, particularly how we’ve worked together to evolve the retransmission consent landscape, changing the financial structure of broadcast television in America, while also building one of the industry’s most vibrant cable channel portfolios,” Vinciquerra said.

Haslingden will move to Los Angeles for the job.

Fox Sports chairman/CEO David Hill, Fox Networks Group Ent. chairman Peter Rice and Mike Hopkins, President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Networks, will now report to Mr. Carey as part of the new structure.

Haslingden will oversee strategic business development, finance, legal, advertising sales and corporate functions across the Fox Networks Group.

At Fox International Channels, Hernan Lopez has been named prexy/CEO and report to Haslingden.

Among other changes, Randy Freer and Eric Shanks will now serve as co-president and COO of Fox Sports Media Group. They’ll oversee Fox Soccer Channel, Speed, Fox Deportes and Fuel TV, and report to Hill.

Hill, meanwhile, will now oversee Fox’s oversight of the National Geographic Channels domestic joint venture and will take a seat on the National Geographic Channels board, along with Haslingden and Hopkins.

“We believe this reorganization, with new and expanded roles for Haslingden, Hopkins, Lopez, Freer and Shanks, will provide our overall business with a clear, strategic focus and position us for even greater growth,” Carey said.

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