MediaWorks NZ: Single Newsroom for Radio, TV and Online

Staff Writer

New Zealand’s MediaWorks,  which owns TV3, TV FOUR and radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More, George, Mai, The Breeze, and RadioLIVE; are moving to a new single fully integrated newsroom. 

Group CEO, Mark Weldon says: "Having already created Group Content, Revenue, and Product and IT roles, I am pleased to announce MWL is moving to a single, converged Newsroom, and will also integrate our historically standalone Digital operations into the business.

“This is a major strategic reorganisation that puts MediaWorks in an excellent position for future growth, with an Executive team characterised by their fresh thinking and technology, content and customer savvy.” 
 

 

With the changes their TV, Radio and Digital news ops will be combined into one team under Mark Jennings, who has been promoted to the new role of Group Head of News.

Current MediaWorks staff (around 200), working in TV, Radio and Digital news roles will become part of a new integrated News team.

Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: "I feel privileged to be leading our combined news operation at this important time in our history. The news environment is changing rapidly, yet we are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges. 

“By bringing together our television, radio and digital assets, we will create the best news service in the country and drive home our competitive advantage. The cross-platform breakfast show hosted by Paul Henry is the spearhead of this new approach and I am very keen to work with Mark and the Group Executive to create the newsroom of the future.

In other restructuring by the group, MediaWorks also announced their Interactive division will be merged into the wider business.   

These changes follow three recent appointments to new Group Executive roles. Liz Fraser was recently promoted to Group Head of Revenue, responsible for MediaWorks sales and integration teams across TV, Radio and Digital. 

Andrew Szusterman (pictured) who is Group Entertainment Content Director. Andrew covers the  content strategy of MediaWorks across all platforms – TV, radio, VOD, online, mobile, tablet and emerging platforms. 
 

And finally, Tom Cotter who joined the company as Chief Information and Product Officer. He is responsible for delivery and design of all IT and IT-related products across the Group. 

Current CEO Television, Paul Maher and CEO Interactive, Siobhan McKenna are leaving the company.

Mark Weldon says: “On behalf of the Board and all staff, I want to thank Paul and Siobhan for their contributions to MediaWorks. 

"Paul built a strong team across TV News, Programming and Sales, that have, under his leadership, been responsible for a significant turnaround in the profitability of the TV unit at MediaWorks. That two of this team – Liz Fraser and Mark Jennings – are now Group Executives is testament to the value he has added to the business.

“Siobhan has successfully grown a digital start-up into a mature set of revenue lines, and developed a team who make a significant contribution to every part of the business. She is to be applauded for this success and for the drive and determination of her leadership.”

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