Longtime topper set to return to native New Zealand

LONDON — Brent Hansen, the veteran creative topper at London based MTV Networks International (MTVNI), has ankled.

His departure after almost 20 years at the music station follows speculation linking him to a move back to his native New Zealand to run pubcaster TVNZ.

In a statement Hansen said: “With nearly two decades at MTV Networks, I’ve decided this is the right time in the company’s history for me to resign and move on.”

Until a successor is appointed MTV Networks International President Bill Roedy will fill his role.

Since arriving at the upstart web in 1987 as a news producer Hansen has spearheaded the music net’s European growth master-minding dedicated local-language versions of MTV throughout Europe.

As president of creative and editor in chief of MTV Networks International he established the MTV Music Awards Europe as a key annual event in the show business calendar.

Roedy paid tribute to Hansen’s “strong, creative instincts,” which he said had “helped us achieve a unique editorial voice and music credibility that will continue to lend integrity to our brands for years to come.”

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