Fox's Rice, Hill to have expanded roles

News Corp. shuffling management structure of cable nets

News Corp. is shuffling the management structure of its cable networks, giving more responsibilities to Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice and Fox Sports president David Hill.

Rice, who was at Fox's presentation at the winter TV Critics Assn.'s press tour Monday, declined comment, but it is understood that he will expand his turf to also oversee Fox's entertainment-centered FX Cable Networks.

There is less clarity on Hill's exact new duties, but he is expected to assume oversight of some Fox sports cable assets.

Rice and Hill continue to report to Fox Networks Group chairman Tony Vinciquerra.

It is not clear what the restructuring will mean for Rich Battista, who has been overseeing Fox's cable nets as president Fox National Cable Networks, reporting to Vinciquerra. Also unclear is the management oversight of  cable networks that wouldn't fall under Rice or Hill's purview, including National Geographic Channel and Speed.

For the time being, those channels continue to report to Fox veteran Battista, who is well regarded at News Corp. and could be offered another job at the company.

Rice's promotion is a vote of confidence for the former Fox Searchlight topper, who has been a TV executive for only 10 months. He joined Fox in March as part of a big News Corp. management overhaul in the wake of the departure of president and CEO Peter Chernin.
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