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Maffei to DirecTV?

10:25 AM -- The rumor mill at the New York Post has Greg Maffei as first in line to nab the top job at DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV).

If true, Maffei, currently the CEO of DirecTV majority owner Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE: LMC), would succeed Chase Carey, who left earlier this year to become president and COO of News Corp. (NYSE: NWS). Liberty has put plans in motion to spin off DirecTV as a separately traded company and combine it with some of its networks and media assets. (See Carey Leaves DirecTV and DirecTV to Spin Off, Gain Weight .)

Liberty apparently wants to keep Carey's successor close to the family. DirecTV Latin American president Bruce Churchill is also among the frontrunners to take the helm of the satco, according to the paper.

Multiple sources told the Post that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) COO Steve Burke and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) COO Tom Rutledge also discussed the idea of defecting to DirecTV post but didn’t pursue the job further.

It's the second time in a year Burke's been rumored about a potential job change. Last August, Burke was reportedly a candidate for the top spot at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), a job that eventually went to Ben Verwaayen. (See AlcaLu CEO Search Update and Verwaayen Takes the Helm at AlcaLu.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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