Greg Meidel named Twentieth TV president

Previously held top position from 1992-95

Greg Meidel has been named president of Twentieth Television.

As expected, MyNetworkTV president Meidel has been given the reins of News Corp.'s TV syndication division and oversee all first-run, network and off-network programming and distribution for Twentieth TV and MyNetworkTV.

Meidel, who succeeds outgoing Twentieth TV president and COO Bob Cook, will report to Fox TV Stations CEO Jack Abernethy.

Meidel held the position of president and COO of Twentieth from 1992-95, when he was in charge of all first-run and reality programming for Fox Broadcasting and syndication, including "America's Most Wanted," "Cops" and "A Current Affair." In addition, he supervised all cable, station and advertiser sales for "The Simpsons," "NYPD Blue" and "The X-Files."

He did stints as president of programming at CBS Paramount Domestic TV, where he oversaw first-run programming including "Entertainment Tonight," "Dr. Phil" and "Judge Judy," and as chairman and CEO of Universal Television Group, where he was responsible for all television properties, including network and first-run production and worldwide distribution of the "Law & Order" franchise and "Xena: Warrior Princess," as well as oversight of USA Network.

As a precursor of possible expansion of Meidel's duties of running MyNet, the network in February changed its programming direction away from original series and toward syndicated content.