Chang’s star rises

Vet named exec chairman of Star TV

HONG KONG — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has appointed Gareth C.C. Chang as executive chairman of Hong Kong-based satcaster Star TV, effective immediately.

Chang, 55, was born in Chengdu, China, and is likely to be called upon to help the satcaster make inroads in his home coun-try.

Chang will be based at Star’s Hong Kong headquarters. The satcaster’s movies, news, sports and entertainment channels reach 260 million people across the region through subscription and free-to-air services. Star is not a moneymaker, though News Corp. does not supply detailed financial information about the operation.

Chang, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1959, was formerly the president of L.A.-based Hughes Electronics Intl. and a corporate senior VP of Hughes Electronics. He joined Hughes in 1993 after a 20-year career with McDonnell Douglas. Among his achievements was the successful launch of the DirecTV digital satellite television platform in Japan.

“Chang is an outstanding international executive with a distinguished career in technology, systems and television platform management. … I am pleased to be standing down as the chairman of Star to make way for him,” Murdoch said in a statement Tuesday.

Chang added, “The opportunities are vast, especially in India and China, Star’s two most important markets. I look forward to working cooperatively with local enterprises and authorities in the region.”

Chang is also joining the News Corp. board of directors and the executive committee.

The appointment does not affect the position of Gary Davey, the chief executive officer of Star TV.

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