UK government appoints new Ofcom chairman

The UK government has appointed former Channel 4 chairman, Terry Burns, as the new chairman of broadcast regulator Ofcom. Burns is due to take up the four-year post on January 1, 2018, taking over from outgoing chair Patricia Hodgson. Culture secretary Karen Bradley confirmed the appointment and said: “I would like to thank Dame Patricia […]

BBC chairman ‘concerned’ over broadcast quotas

BBC chairman David Clementi has said he is “concerned” about quotas relating to its broadcast hours, claiming they focus on “quantity not quality”. Speaking at the RTS Cambridge Convention yesterday, Clementi said that he was not calling for the BBC’s quota system to scrapped entirely, as it is appropriate for its funding model and public […]

Ericsson chairman to step down

Ericsson’s chairman of the board, Leif Johansson, will not make himself available for reelection at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders in 2018. Ericsson said that the nomination committee has initiated its search for a replacement for Johansson, who has worked as chairman of the board since 2011. “It has been an exciting but […]

Adam Crozier leaving ITV

ITV boss Adam Crozier is leaving after seven years, with Sir Peter Bazalgette, the UK broadcaster’s chairman, becoming interim executive chairman and finance chief Ian Griffiths becoming COO and finance director until a replacement is found. The ITV boss leaves at end-June. Bazalgette said this morning: “Adam has been talking to me and the board […]

Disney CEO Bob Iger to stay on until 2019

Bob Iger has signed a year-extension to remain chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company for another year. The deal means Iger will stay in his post until July 2, 2019, and further postpones Disney making a call on his long-term successor. ABC owner Disney has been searching for Iger’s replacement for a significant […]

M7 appoints former Zodiak CEO in management shakeup

Luxembourg-based M7 Group has named former Zodiak Media CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin chairman of the board as part of a broader management shakeup at the firm. The pan-European satellite pay TV operator said the changes are designed to accelerate growth plans as the firm looks to develop its “content-centric approach”. M7 also upped chief operating […]

New chairman for Channel 4

UK commercial public broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed Charles Gurassa as its new chairman. He will replace Lord Terry Burns whose tenure as chair ends on January 27. Gurassa will step into the new role on January 28. He is He is currently deputy chairman of the EasyJet airline, chairman of the Genesis Housing Association, […]

SeaChange technology chief resigns

TV technology provider SeaChange International’s technology chief Shiva Patibanda is to leave the company. SeaChange has also named a new chairman. SeaChange said that Patibanda, whose full job title is chief technology officer and general manager of in-home products, has resigned. His responsibilities will transition to other members of the management team, and SeaChange does not […]

IABM appoints new board

Broadcast and media technology trade association, the IABM, has appointed its new board and named Pixel Power founder, James Gilbert, as chair. The board, which is elected every two years and is responsible for the overall operation of IABM, now consists of: Jan Eveleen, Axon Digital Design; Kevin Usher, Avid; Mark Gederman, ChyronHego; Nicki Fisher, Clear-Com; […]

KPN names Sickinghe as chairman

Dutch telco KPN has named former Telenet CEO Duco Sickinghe as its new chairman. Sickinghe will succeed Jos Streppel on April 15 at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders, following the termination of the latter’s third and final term in the role. Sickinghe has been a member of KPN’s supervisory board since April last […]