Tony Petitti joins MLB Channel

Will leave CBS Sports in June to run the baseball network

CBS Sports executive vp/executive producer Tony Petitti will leave the network in June to run the MLB Channel.

The official announcement is expected today. CBS Sports will continue to be led by CBS Sports/CBS News president Sean McManus, though the network might fill Petitti's executive producer role.

A longtime TV sports executive who was an attorney in the early part of his career, Petitti oversees the day-to-day operations of CBS Sports. His role grew in December 2005 when McManus, his boss and close friend, added CBS News to his list of responsibilities and spent much of his time on duties in the news division.

The Major League Baseball-owned MLB Channel will carry baseball content much like the NFL Network, owned by the National Football League, carries football content. When it launches in 2009, the MLB Channel will have more than 30 million homes including carriage with DirecTV and Comcast, which own a stake in the channel.

Petitti will be on staff at CBS Sports until June 1.

The Emmy-winning producer has been executive producer of CBS Sports since 2002 and oversaw the integration of College Sports Television into the CBS Sports family. He was vp programming at ABC Sports from 1994-96 and had been a director of programming and other jobs at ABC Sports since 1988. He had also been vp/general manager of WCBS-TV, the CBS owned and operated station in New York.
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