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IAC Names Programming Chief

Michael Jackson will lead the Net company's TV push.



, the Internet empire controlled by Barry Diller, named veteran television executive Michael Jackson to oversee its programming, becoming the latest Web company to add new offerings to attract users.

Jackson, 47, formerly the chairman of Universal Television Group, will oversee New York-based IAC's development, acquisition and distribution of programming, the company says in a statement.

"This is an enormously exciting opportunity to grow content businesses that combine the unique capabilities of the Internet with the art and science of traditional programming," Jackson says.

This marks a return of sorts for Diller to show business. Years ago he was the head of Fox and Paramount Pictures. In a statement, IAC's chief executive says that that Jackson is the best person to "grow multi-platform content businesses."

IAC, whose properties include and, is joining a growing list of companies planning to boost their Web programming in order to get people to stay on their sites for as long as possible. This is appealing to advertisers who are looking for content that engages users.


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Shares of IAC rose 68 cents to $29.68 early Thursday.