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Sherwood to Leave Disney With Sky Going to Comcast: Reports

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Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group and co-president of Disney Media Networks, is expected to leave the Walt Disney Co., according to published reports.

Ben Sherwood

Ben Sherwood

The departure follows Comcast winning the auction for Sky over 21st Century Fox. Fox has agreed to sell assets to Disney including its stake in Sky.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has reportedly decided to have Fox Networks Group head Peter Rice run Disney’s TV business once the acquisition of the Fox assets was completed.

Iger also wanted to find a slot for Sherwood in the non-fiction TV area, and having a global platform in Sky News might have created an appropriate job for Sherwood, a former executive producer of Good Morning America.

Sherwood was named head of the Disney/ABC TV Group in 2015 when Anne Sweeney left.

A Disney spokesman could not be reached for comment.

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