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O’Hara Named COO of TVG

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has named Ryan O’Hara chief operating officer of its TVG Network.

In his new role, O’Hara -- who had been serving at Gemstar-TV Guide’s senior vice president of business development and strategic planning since June 2002 -- will oversee the horse-racing network’s wagering, financial, legal and advertising-sales operations.

He will also manage TVG’s development activities with track and online partners and coordinate with the company’s affiliate-sales group to secure long-term carriage deals.

The company is currently searching for a president for the network.

O’Hara, who is based in Los Angeles, will continue to report to Gemstar-TV Guide CEO Jeff Shell until a new president of TVG is named.

Mark Wilson -- who had been president and CEO of TVG since its acquisition by then-TV Guide Inc. in 1998 -- recently assumed the network’s chairman role.