3:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Former 'Today' Exec Jamie Horowitz Named Fox Sports National Networks President
Jamie Horowitz is returning to his sports television roots.
The former ESPN executive, coming off of a 10-week stint as senior vp and general manager of Today, was named president of Fox Sports National Networks on Thursday.
In the newly created position, Horowitz will oversee all programming, marketing and scheduling for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. In addition to management and development of original programming, his responsibilities will also entail day-to-day operations for shows including America's Pregame, Nascar Race Hub and Fox Sports Live. Horowitz will begin his tenure in mid-May.
“Fox Sports 1 is the fastest growing sports channel in the country, and we’ve seen about a 30% viewership increase overall, and 50% increase for live events, year over year," said Eric Shanks, president, COO and executive producer, Fox Sports, in a statement. "That substantial growth has made it necessary to more clearly define our organizational structure so we’re better positioned for long-term success. Bringing an extremely creative executive like Jamie aboard to oversee our national cable channels ties everything together.”
Following his lengthy tenure with ESPN, Horowitz was brought on to the Today show in September to help the NBC morning show compete with Good Morning America. However, he was fired just 10 weeks into his stint after reportedly clashing with NBC News President Deborah Turness. During his brief time with NBC News, Horowitz reportedly proposed several major talent shake-ups at Today — including firing Savannah Guthrie and demoting Natalie Morales — shortly before he was let go.