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Fox Names Randy Freer President, COO of Fox Networks Group

Sports exec moves up the ladder at 21st Century Fox unit

Randy Freer, previously co-president and  chief operating officer of the Fox Sports Media Group, has been elevated to president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group, where he will have oversight of not only Fox Sports, but also Fox Broadcasting Company, FX Networks, Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels. Meantime, his partner at Fox Sports, Eric Shanks, will get sole oversight of the group.

Both executives will report to Peter Rice, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Networks Group, the 21st Century Fox unit announced Monday.

In his new position Freer will have a broad strategic and operational role across Fox Networks Group, and directly oversee revenue, distribution and operations while continuing his responsibilities in rights acquisitions and team and league relationships.

“Randy is an outstanding executive and having played a key role in growing our powerhouse television sports business, he brings impressive skills as both an operator and builder of businesses,”  Rice said in a statement.  “He will be a key partner for me in overseeing and driving continued growth of our global channels business which spans nearly 400 channels in 200 countries.”

As a result of the appointment, the following executives now report to  Freer: Michael Biard,  president, distribution, Fox Networks; Toby Byrne, president, national ad sales, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Media Group; Lou LaTorre, president, advertising sales, Fox Cable Entertainment Networks, Fox Hispanic Media Group; and Kyle Sherman, exec veep, Home Team Sports.  Fox Networks Group finance & business development, corporate communications, legal and human resources functions will report jointly to Rice and Freer.

Also continuing to report to Rice will be John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions; Hernan Lopez, president and CEO, Fox International Channels; David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels US and Global Programming; and Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting.

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