Lopez appointed head of Fox Int'l Channels

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MEXICO CITY -- Fox International Channels, the pay TV subsidiary of News Corp., has promoted Hernan Lopez to president and COO.

Lopez will report to David Haslingden, president and CEO of Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International and U.S.

In addition to his new role, Lopez will maintain his responsibilities as president of Fox Latin American Channels and managing director of FX U.K.

Under Lopez's watch, the company has launched FX, Fox Life, Speed Channel and Baby TV in Latin America as well as FX and FX+ in the U.K.

Additionally, FIC has created two new production houses in Latin America: Fox Toma 1 and Fox Telecolombia. Distribution of Fox's basic and premium channels in Latin America and the U.K. also grew considerably during Lopez's tenure.

"(Lopez) is credited with a turnaround that saw revenue grow fourfold since his appointment as general manager in 2000," the company said in a statement.
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