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SBD/July 24, 2012/People and Pop Culture
David Hill Leaving Fox Sports For Another News Corp. Position
Published July 24, 2012
GAME CHANGER: ADWEEK's Anthony Crupi noted Hill in his first year at Fox Sports "poached rival talents (PAT SUMMERALL, JOHN MADDEN) and infused the network's pre-game shows with an irreverence that would become a hallmark of all Fox Sports presentations." Hill also "made Fox broadcasts a more friendly destination for casual viewers" (ADWEEK.com, 7/23). DAILY VARIETY's Stuart Levine wrote Rice has "taken another step up the ladder at News Corp.," while Hill is "segueing out of his sports-czar role to a broader global post with a mandate to develop programming and digital initiatives." Rice is "known to be a favorite" of News Corp. Chair & CEO RUPERT MURDOCH, and the "conventional wisdom on the 20th Century Fox lot is that he will eventually oversee all film and TV operations." Hill's shift "marks the end of an era for Fox Sports." His contract was up at the end of this year and sources said that with Freer and Shanks "handling the nuts and bolts of the division, he was looking for new challenges" (VARIETY.com, 7/23).