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Former FilmFlex exec Jeff Henry joins newspaper group Archant

Jeff Henry

Jeff Henry

UK regional newspaper group Archant has named former ITV Consumer and FilmFlex executive Jeff Henry as its new CEO.

Henry left his job as CEO of on-demand joint venture FilmFlex Movies following its sale by owners Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company to Vubiquity in May.

In addition to serving as CEO of ITV Consumer, Henry has previously held senior roles at cable operator Nynex, ay TV channels group Granada Sky Broadcasting and pay TV broadcaster Hallmark Channel.

Henry is not leaving the TV world entirely. Archant, in addition to running 130 newspaper titles including the Eastern Daily Press and the Ham & High, owns Mustard TV, the holder of the Norwich franchise awarded under the local TV licensing scheme initiated by former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“Archant has a fantastic heritage, an exciting vision, powerful local brands and a great ambition to take the business forward,” said Henry.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to be able to lead the business at this time, as media habits change and our communities demand news, information and other content across multiple platforms. I look forward to working with the team at Archant in making it the most progressive local media business in the UK.”