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Fox's David Hill ends National Geographic Channels U.S. oversight

August 4, 2011 |  1:07 pm

National Geographic Channels U.S., a joint venture between National Geographic and News Corp.'s Fox Cable Networks, has shaken up its executive ranks.

David Hill, the colorful and brash chairman of Fox Sports, will no longer oversee National Geographic Channels U.S. and is being succeeded by David Lyle, who was named chief executive officer of the venture and will report to its board of directors.

The move comes just over six months after Hill had been given responsibility for National Geographic Ventures U.S. after Tony Vinciquerra, a senior News Corp. executive, left the company.

Hill's giving up oversight of the partnership was not mentioned in the press release issued Thursday by the venture about Lyle's appointment. Hill will stay on the board of National Geographic Channels U.S.

A Fox spokesman said Hill's responsibility at Fox Sports needs his full attention. However, people close to the venture indicated that there was a clash of cultures between Hill and the team at National Geographic.

Unlike Hill, who is based in Los Angeles, Lyle will be based in Washington D.C., where the venture is headquartered. A Fox veteran, Lyle had a previous stint running the Fox Reality Channel.

-- Joe Flint