Jack Kliger named CEO of TV Guide

Replaces Scott Crystal, who stepped down in May

Publishing vet Jack Kliger is returning to the industry as acting CEO of troubled TV Guide, filling the role vacated in May by Scott Crystal, who accused the magazine's private-equity bosses of raiding the title and hastening its downfall.

Kliger was president and CEO of Elle and Car & Driver publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media until September, when he was replaced by Hachette parent Lagardere Active exec Alain Lemarchand.

In addition to serving as acting CEO of TV Guide, Kliger also will be senior adviser to TV Guide's private equity owner, Los Angeles-based OpenGate Capital.

TV Guide has been rocked by two ownership changes in the past year and staff and circulation cuts as the iconic magazine has struggled to return to profitability in one of the worst advertising climates in history.

In a parting e-mail to staff, Crystal accused TV Guide's owners from using the magazine to enrich themselves at the publication's expense.

Open Gate responded that his statements were inaccurate and said it has run the company appropriately since buying it in December.