Bachelor, Williams College, 1955; Bachelor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1958.
Attorney ABC-television Network, New York City, 1960-1961, 61-66, chief administrative officer, 1966-1968, general manager, 1968-1970, vice president broadcast division, 1970-1972, corporation vice president, 1972. President ABC Leisure Group I, 1973-1975, assistant to president parent company, 1975-1976. Also director parent company.
Senior vice president Ziff Corporation, 1977-1978, president, 1978-1982. Chairman, chief executive officer General Practice Station Partner, 1982-1996. Managing general partner television Station Partner, 1982-1996.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer PBTV, Inc., 1984-1996. Managing general partner Northeastern television Investors Ltd. Partnership, 1984-1996.
Principal owner, secretary Caribbean International News Corporation, since 1985, also board director. Chief Executive Officer, chief operating officer RP Media Management, Inc., 1986—1997. Chief Executive Officer ML Media Partner, L.P., 1986—1997.
Chief Executive Officer, chief operating officer RP Opportunity Management, 1988—2002. Chief Executive Officer ML Media Opportunity Partner, L.P., 1988—2002. Executive vice president News Corporation, 1998—2008.
President News Corporation Eastern Central Europe, 1998—2000. Chairman News Corporation Europe, 2000—2008. Advisor to several companies, since 2008.
Board director Nexstar, RP Coffee Ventures. Principal shareholder Hispanic Media Inc., 1986-1990. Principal shareholder, vice-chairman Hunter Public L.P., 1986-1994.
Co-trustee Lidan Trust, 1983-1985. Attorney Young & Rubicam, Inc., advertising agency, New York City, summer 1961.
Member Stamford board representatives, chairman legislation and rules committee, 1959-1960.
Married Joan Lynn Krassner, December 18, 1960 (divorced 1986). Children: F. Douglas (deceased), Jana Sue. Married Marian Hackett, December 23, 1987 (divorced 2003).
1 child, Chelsea Rae.