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Bearded & Tschorn: DirecTV CEO makes a splash with that 'stache

June 1, 2009 |  3:24 pm

The Rage rarely concerns its collective self with the folks in the executive suites, but today's news that Rage_chase1 DirectTV CEO Charles "Chase" Carey may be in talks to return to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as second in command has brought to my attention a sighting of the exceedingly rare CEO handlebar mustache.

This morning, Movie Line's Seth Abramovitch likened him to the Pringles potato chip mascot, and though I might be able to dredge up a better dapple doppelganger if I tried, I don't see the need.

Instead, it got me thinking about the future of the World Beard and Moustache Championships, which has been growing in media popularity with each biennial occurrence. Some among the organizers and competitors would love to see the "sport" become something akin to the X Games of grooming --- complete with sponsors and a presence on television (this year, for the first time, the whole event was streamed live on the Internet).

If Carey does get the No. 2 job at News Corp., it's easy to think he could find a home for the follicular follies somewhere in the Fox family. Only time will tell.

Until then, it's a safe bet that all parties involved will keep a stiff upper lip.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo: DirecTV CEO Charles "Chase" Carey in July 2008. Credit: Matthew Staver / Bloomberg News.