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Former Fox Sports SPEED exec joins Motorsport TV

Digital media company Motorsport Network tapped former Fox Sports SPEED Channel executive Kevin Annison to serve as president of Motorsport.tv as it aims to expand its reach.

In his new role, Annison will oversee the expansion of Motorsport TV "to a global internet television network reaching large and small screens," according to a June 13 news release. Motorsport Network acquired European cable network Motors TV in November 2016 and integrated it into digital platform Motorsport.tv.

Annison was part of the team when FOX Sports acquired Speedvision in 2001 and rebranded and launched SPEED channel. He also was vice president and general manager of the digital media division and oversaw the launch of SPEED2.com.

Annison's appointment comes a week after Motorsport named former NASCAR Digital Media Vice President Colin Smith to be its new chief executive.

Fox Sports is owned by 21st Century Fox Inc.