Dennis Swanson Named President of Station Operations for FOX Television Stations Group
In making the announcement, Abernethy said, "Dennis is a top television executive with invaluable experience and tremendous knowledge of the television industry. I'm pleased to have him join my team."
“I look forward to working for Jack Abernethy to build the FOX stations to their full potential. Jack has a great track record and knows how to build value in television properties.”
Swanson said, "I look forward to working for Jack Abernethy to build the FOX stations to their full potential. Jack has a great track record and knows how to build value in television properties."
Swanson, who will report to Abernethy, will help manage the 35 FOX owned-and-operated stations across the country, including WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV in New York; KTTV-TV and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles; WFLD-TV and WPWR-TV in Chicago; WTXF-TV in Philadelphia; WFXT-TV in Boston; and WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C.
Before joining FOX Television Stations Group, Swanson was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, VIACOM Television Stations Group, where he oversaw operations of the division's television stations. Swanson previously served as president and general manager of WNBC-TV in New York, and was president of ABC Sports from 1986-1996. He was also president of ABC Daytime and ABC Children's Programming from 1991-1993. Prior to joining ABC Sports, Swanson was the president of ABC-owned television stations from 1985-1986, and earlier served as vice president and general manager of WLS-TV, the ABC owned-and-operated station in Chicago where he gave Oprah Winfrey her first daytime talk show. Swanson began his career as an assignment editor and field producer for NBC News in Chicago, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
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