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Senior Management Change At TVworks

Senior Management Change At TVworks

Rick Friesen, Chief Operating Officer at TVWorks, is taking up a new role at the end of next month. He has been appointed to the dual role of Chief Executive of the Television Broadcasters’ Council and Director, Special Projects at TVWorks.

Mr Friesen’s new role will be evenly divided between the Broadcasters’ Council (see separate media release) and his new special projects role. The project work includes overseeing TVWorks’ involvement and relationship with Freeview, and development of TVWorks’ additional channels on the Freeview platform.

The additional functions currently undertaken by Mr Friesen as Chief Operating Officer will be assumed by CEO Brent Impey and CFO Peter Crossan.

Mr Friesen has been with the Company for the last eight years, originally joining on secondment from then owners CanWest in Canada.

“Rick Friesen has played a vital role in developing TV3 and C4 to help create the success stories they are today,” said MediaWorks CEO, Brent Impey.

“His decades of experience in the television business have been invaluable to me in my role as CEO, and I have appreciated his hard work and commitment towards the success of TV3 and C4.

“The good news for us is that we still get to retain Rick’s services to TVWorks, but also can apply his experience to the benefit of the television industry as a whole, through his appointment to the Television Broadcasters’ Council.

Rick Friesen commented: “In my eight years as COO for TVWorks I have enjoyed the strong support of an excellent management team and together we have grown the networks in audience, revenue and profitability. I also enjoyed the full support and guidance of MediaWorks CEO, Brent Impey, and I thank him sincerely for his leadership and his friendship. I am extremely pleased to continue working on some of the projects that have been important to the long term growth of the company, including development of new channels for TVWorks.”

The changes outlined will all become effective on 1 September 2008.

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