NZME’s group director of entertainment, Dean Buchanan, has announced today that he will be departing the business on 29 November after six years in the role.
Buchanan was responsible for leading the strategy, successful integration and execution of the businesses entertainment channels across radio, publishing magazines, digital, social and video.
Buchanan says of his time at NZME that his original mission to grow the success of the business has been a huge accomplishment for him.
“I came to New Zealand six years ago with a mission to relaunch the radio brands and that started with hiring Fletch, Vaughan and Megan to ZM. Since then we have changed up every major show on every brand, attracting many of New Zealand’s highest profile and favourite personalities. With some of our best radio ratings in years in the commercial demos, it’s time to move on.
“When APN and TRN merged to form New Zealand Media and Entertainment, I also loved picking up the world of publishing, especially working with the likes of Shayne Currie and the editors and enjoyed spearheading the redesign of the BeWell and Viva magazines. The readership growth of the magazines, including Travel and TimeOut has been phenomenal and I’ve loved every moment of it”.
Michael Boggs, chief executive of NZME, said “Dean can be proud of his time at NZME. Dean’s energy and enthusiasm are unparalleled and having a brand champion like Dean at the executive table is invaluable for a CEO. I wish him well in his next adventures”.