Jack Abernethy

Jack Abernethy
Jack Abernethy

Fox Television Stations


Jack Abernethy is Chief Executive Officer, Fox Television Stations, Inc., a unit of News Corporation that includes the Fox Television Stations group, Twentieth Television and the programming service, MyNetworkTV.  He has held the position since December 2004.  In this capacity, he oversees the 27 FOX owned-and-operated stations and duopolies in the nation’s largest television markets, including WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV in New York; KTTV-TV and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles; Chicago’s WFLD-TV and WPWR-TV; WTXF-TV in Philadelphia; WFXT-TV in Boston; and Washington, D.C.’s WTTG-TV.  A leader in the U.S. program production and distribution arena, Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run, network and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages, to the syndication and cable marketplaces.  Off-net programs distributed by Twentieth Television include “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Burn Notice,” “American Dad,” and “Modern Family.” First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include the court shows “Divorce Court” & “Judge Alex,” and the September 2012 premiere of Dish Nation.”

Prior to this position, Mr. Abernethy served as the Executive Vice President of FOX News, where he helped develop long-term strategic and business plans for the successful launch of what is today the number-one rated cable news channel.  His responsibilities at FOX News evolved to include oversight of finance, human resources, legal affairs, affiliate sales and marketing and the network's website.  Mr. Abernethy also spearheaded the launch of FOX News Radio to more than 500 stations across the country, including an exclusive agreement with Clear Channel for hourly reports and a nightly news broadcast.

Before joining FOX News, Mr. Abernethy had a long and distinguished career with NBC where, over a 15-year period, he held a variety of executive finance management positions at the NBC Television Stations division before being named Vice President of Finance and Operations for CNBC.

Mr. Abernethy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Georgetown University and his MBA degree from New York University. In 2012, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.