H. Read Jackson, Former Fox Sports Net Exec, Dies at 71

H. Read Jackson - H 2016
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He also produced for such news programs as '60 Minutes,' 'ABC World News Tonight' and 'Entertainment Tonight.'

H. Read Jackson, a former producer for 60 Minutes and ABC World News Tonight and a longtime executive at Fox Sports Net, has died. He was 71.

Jackson died Jan. 25 after a long battle with cancer at an assisted living facility in Westlake Village, Calif., family spokesman Julia van Hees-Aidner told The Hollywood Reporter.

His wife is Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, a former executive at Group W Productions and an Emmy Award-winning producer behind such programs as the syndicated PM Magazine and a talk show hosted by Leeza Gibbons.

From 1997 until 2011, Jackson served as a senior vp at the Fox Cable Group, where he oversaw production of original programs for more than a dozen Fox Sports Net operations throughout the U.S. He received several Sports Emmy nominations for his work.

Jackson also produced for such programs as Entertainment Tonight, Real Stories of the Highway Patrol and the investigative news series The Crusaders.

Jackson graduated from Hobart College in 1966 and served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an account executive with the Benton & Bowles advertising agency in New York and was a programming vice president and executive producer for a public-TV station in Philadelphia.

He left television in 2011 and launched a company that developed mobile apps.

Survivors also include his son, Wyatt, 14.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 20 at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Woodland Hills.  

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