Ian Audsley, formerly the chief operating officer of the Nine Network in Australia, has been announced as the executive director of television for MediaWorks NZ TV. He will join the board and commence work in January.
Past MediaWorks NZ chief executive Brent Impey, who took a hands-on role with the TV business after Rick Friesen left last September, stood down from his throne recently.
Mr Audsley, 48, has spent almost 20 years in management in Australian television, having been operations head for two regional television stations, deputy managing director of Network Seven’s Melbourne station and director of operations for the Seven Network.
Audsley said in a press release he is looking forward to working with the leadership team at MediaWorks TV.
“I accepted this role based on commitment from the board that they want to grow and develop this business. The board sees substantial opportunities for innovation, particularly in the digital and online environment. My focus will be on just that.”
MediaWorks chairman Brent Harman says: “Ian has an impeccable track record in televsion management and he impressed me and the board with his understanding of the role that telelvision will play in the future and his vision for our business. He has accepted appointment as executive director of MediaWorks TV for 12 months.
“Our intention is to recruit a suitably qualified executive to work with Ian and eventually take over the running of the TV business.”