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Genthner Takes Over Turner South

5/02/2006 7:30 AM Eastern

With the transfer in ownership completed, FSN South vice president and general manager Jeffrey Genthner added oversight of day-to-day management for regional sports and entertainment service Turner South.

Fox Cable Networks Group closed the deal -- first announced Feb. 23 and estimated at some $375 million -- at midnight May 1.

“Jeff has demonstrated all of the business skills and acumen we expected when he was put in charge of FSN South 10 months ago,” said Fox Sports Networks president Randy Freer, to whom Genthner will report, in a prepared statement.

“I am completely confident that he is the perfect executive to oversee the transition of Turner South to Fox Cable Networks, and he’ll make that happen as smoothly and seamlessly as possible,” Freer added.

FSN officials said Turner South will continue to operate under its current conditions, but its name and programming lineup will change at an unspecified time over the next few months.

The channel -- which has the rights to 58 regular-season Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball games this season, including 50 that have yet to air -- will enlist the FSN South baseball-announcing team of Bob Rathbun and Jeff Torborg to call most of the games. In addition, an FSN South spokesman said, Braves games premiering on that regional sports network will be encored on Turner South. FSN South has aired four of its 25 Braves game thus far this season.

As for entertainment programming, Turner South will air such shows as Blue Ribbon, Home Plate and Junkin’ from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. daily, as well as from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The network will also include such shows as Bushwhacked during the latter time slot on some weekends.

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