Kevin Reilly’s Departure Signals Start Of ‘Pick A Replacement’ Derby, With New Rules

This morning’s confirmation that Kevin Reilly was stepping down as Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcast Co. ends weeks of speculation he would exit in the wake of the March promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James to co-COO at 21st Century Fox, giving him oversight of, among other properties, the Fox broadcast network. When the dust settled back then, Fox Networks Group chief Peter Rice, to whom Reilly reported, would now report to James Murdoch instead of president/COO Chase Carey.

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“He had to make a move,” one industry exec speculated, of Rice in the wake of the March shuffle.

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