After nearly a month of delay, Sandy Grushow on Monday was named president of Fox Entertainment Group, the programming arm of the upstart TV network.
Grushow, 32, succeeds Peter Chernin, who earlier this month became chairman of Fox's motion picture division.
Grushow had been executive vice president, overseeing production of the network's prime-time programs, as well as scheduling and marketing.
In naming Grushow, Fox has turned to someone who is not much older than the network's target 20-something audience. Grushow graduated from UCLA in 1983 and is credited with launching the network's popular teen-age soap opera, "Beverly Hills 90210."
Sources say Grushow was offered the job days after Chernin was promoted to the movie division by Fox Inc. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, but turned it down because he believed that the higher salary--he is already estimated to earn more than $500,000 annually--wasn't worth the added pressure.
Fox reportedly sounded out other candidates for the job, including Chris Albrecht, president of HBO Independent Productions, Lorimar TV President Leslie Moonves and William Morris Agency TV department head Bob Cristani.