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Dick Ebersol Likely To Oversee Sports At Combined Comcast/NBC

NBC's Ebersol Could Gain More
Responsibility With Comcast Deal

Comcast's organizational chart following its NBC acquisition is starting to take shape, with multiple sources saying that JEFF SHELL, President of Comcast's programming group, has been tabbed to run the company's international business. Shell has told colleagues and associates that he will be moving to London after Comcast's NBC acquisition wins regulatory approval for a stint that could be at least two years. Such a move almost certainly means that NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL would oversee sports at the combined company, a move that already has been widely speculated. Sources said Ebersol will have to bring in a strong "number two," who would report to him. Sources also said that Comcast SportsNet President JON LITNER will continue to oversee the RSNs, reporting up through the local station group. And sources added Comcast Exec VP/Content Acquisition MATT BOND will move over to the programming side, where he will run distribution for Comcast and NBC's cable networks. No decision has been made on Bond's replacement. In her Deadline Hollywood blog, Nikki Finke reported an official announcement on the new structure will come Nov. 15. Finke also reports Comcast COO STEVE BURKE approached Fox Networks Group Chair & CEO TONY VINCIQUERRA to head network operations for NBC, but her sources say that job most likely will go to former CBS exec NANCY TELLEM.

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