FOX SPORTS has hired former ESPN CEO John Skipper as its first executive to lead its network.
Skipper, who was hired as president of sports and entertainment at ESPN in January, replaces Bill DeMaurice Smith, who resigned in June after a three-year stint as chief operating officer at Fox.
The appointment marks the second time that Fox has hired a former ESPN exec to lead a network.
The network has also hired Mark Lazarus, its executive vice president of television programming, as the network’s executive vice chairman.
Skips’ previous position as president and chief operating person of FoxSports.com, a digital news network, was recently filled by Dan Bickert, who became chief operating and strategy officer in November.