Big Ten Network’s Silverman replaces Horowitz at Fox Sports
Fox Sports, the US sports broadcaster, has named Mark Silverman president of its national networks following the dismissal of senior executive Jamie Horowitz in July last year.
Silverman takes up the role with immediate effect and is to oversee all programming, production, marketing and digital for Fox, FS1 and FS2 live events and studio shows.
Silverman joins from the Big Ten Network, a joint venture between Fox Sports and the US college sports conference.
He will retain his role as president of BTN, a position he has held since December 2006.
Commenting on the appointment, Eric Shanks, president and executive producer at Fox Sports, said: “Mark is an excellent, creative executive who has been in the Fox Sports family for over 11 years with great success. We couldn’t be more thrilled he has chosen to take this new role on our team.”
Prior to joining BTN, Silverman worked at the Walt Disney Company, occupying various roles at its national network ABC.
In July last year, Horowitz was dismissed after Los Angeles-based Fox Sports launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported that the broadcaster had interviewed several women specifically regarding Horowitz’s behaviour.
However, his attorney Patricia Glaser insisted that the allegations against her client were unfounded, saying in a statement: “The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling. At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct, or an inability to adhere to professional conduct.
“Jamie was hired by Fox to do a job that until today he was performing in exemplary fashion. Any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended.”
Horowitz joined Fox Sports in May 2015 and was responsible for overhauling its programming strategy, with opinionated pundits on talkshows, as it sought to compete with rivals including ESPN.
The dismissal of Horowitz is the latest fallout from a continuing sexual harassment scandal at Fox, which began in 2016 with the sacking of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who died a year later.
The network is understood to have spent more than $40 million settling claims made against senior presenters and executives at its news division.
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