Nickell Resigns As Speed President

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Speed president Hunter Nickell is nearing the finish line at the racing and auto and motorcycle lifestyle network., resigning his position.
Nickell, who has overseen Speed since 2005, will stay with the service over the next few months and continue to explore opportunities within Fox Sports Media Group. . An interim replacement will be named shortly.
"It's unfortunate that Hunter is stepping away after all that he's done for Speed," said Fox Sports Media Group chairman David Hill in a statement. "He's a man of great character, a true gentleman and he's served Fox tirelessly for many years. Speaking for everyone at Fox and News Corp., his spirit and dedication will be missed."
Nickell joined Speed in 2005 after 12 years as general manager of FSN South, where he oversaw the nation's largest RSN. He was named president of the network two years later. During his tenure, Nickell helped expand Speed's reach by nearly 16 million to its current subscriber base of 84 million in North America.
Speed also increased its relationship with NASCAR under Nickell's watch, adding several high-profile events to its programming lineup, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies and all three of the NASCAR post-season awards banquets. Nickell also drove enhanced Speed's programming and marketing presence at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the circuit.
Nickell also steered motor sports news efforts, creating and expanding the Speed Center franchise and strengthening relationships with Formula One, AMA Supercross, Grand-Am and other major series. He oversaw the development and expansion digital efforts, the building of a state-of-the-art, high-definition studio in Charlotte in 2008 and the launch of Speed2, an authenticated broadband network that complements the linear network in 2010.
Said Nickell: "I worked with great people and awesome partners. I am grateful and I have had a blast."

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