MTV, Comedy Central Head Doug Herzog Exits Viacom

Doug Herzog in 2016
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Doug Herzog at Skylight at Moynihan Stationon on April 21, 2016 in New York City. 

Doug Herzog is Viacom’s latest casualty.

The news of his departure comes roughly a week after Bob Bakish was formally named CEO of the challenged media company. In the latter role, Bakish is posied to restructure a group that's already seen significant executive turnover and ailing ratings of late. Herzog is not expected to be replaced; instead, his reports will now report directly to Bakish.

Herzog, who has overseen the company's vast cable portfolio, has been with the company for the better part of three decades. He was upped to his current position in early 2015, adding MTV, VH1 and Logo to a purview that already included Spike and Comedy Central.

In his lengthy tenure, the well-liked exec has been integral to the launch of hit franchises including The Daily Show and South Park; he's also been in a top post as their host network as well as Viacom's others have seen their viewership slide and top talent -- led by Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee -- bolt. A series of shakeups have followed, with MTV now on its third president in as many years; Comedy Central lost its president, Michele Ganeless, and Nickelodeon chief Russell Hicks exited after an 18-year run at the kids unit.

Herzog's exit follows the ouster of longtime CEO Philippe Dauman after a bitter battler earlier this year. The news was first reported by Reuters.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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