Battista Tapped to Head Fox Cable Networks
Rich Battista, most recently CEO of Gemstar-TV Guide, returned to Fox as president of Fox National Cable Networks.
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/24/2008 7:03:00 AM
Rich Battista returned to Fox as president of Fox National Cable Networks.
Battista will oversee a stable of networks including FX, National Geographic Channel, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Reality Channel, Fuel TV and various sports networks including the Big Ten Network co-venture with the Big Ten Conference, with the heads of all of those networks reporting to him.
He will also head up cable ad sales.
A spokesman said it was a newly created post, and it was created as an opportunity to get Battista back in the Fox cable fold. Battista most recently was CEO of Gemstar-TV Guide International.
Battista will report to Fox Networks Group chairman Tony Vinciquerra. He reported to Vinciquerra in the late 1990s, when he was executive vice president of business development, for Fox's broadcasting and cable networks.
“We’ve been looking for the right opportunity for Rich to rejoin our team ever since the Gemstar sale earlier this year,” Vinciquerra said in announcing the appointment. “He is a uniquely skilled executive who has demonstrated success in virtually every area of the television business. I’m delighted that he’s returning to the company.”
I love your FOX morning cable news show ... I'm amazed that no one has picked up on the real cause of our nations financial disaster, the Real Estate people. They caused the outlandish home â€“ mortgage prices and special deals, yet they are [presently] clear of any retribution.
Most sales organizations work under the rule; if youâ€™re sale goes bad, we come and take back your commissions, all the way down through everyone involved in that sale. I worked under that rule for 34 years in our insurance industry.
Yet in the Real Estate scenario, the take back stops at the banks.
In order for all this to stop, the United States government has to find a way to also penalize the Real Estate Broker and their agentâ€™s, who are selling those outlandish Real Estate deals and those that are now defunct!
William J. Fraley, Jr. - 9/25/2008 2:08:00 PM EDT
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