Nickell set to lead Speed


NEW YORK -- Fox National Cable Sports Networks has promoted Hunter Nickell to president of Speed Channel.

Nickell became executive vp and GM of Speed in June 2005. During his tenure, he has spearheaded negotiations with NASCAR on a new rights deal as well as increasing its subscriber base by 5 million to 70 million.

He will continue to report to Fox National Cable Sports Networks CEO Bob Thompson.

Before joining Speed, Nickell was GM of FSN South/Sports South for 12 years.