Exec takes first U.K. role in almost a decade
The former U.K. webhead Michael Jackson, now a senior adviser to New York-based Internet group IAC, has taken his first job with a British TV company in almost a decade.He will join the board of STV, the battling Scottish broadcaster and producer, as a non-executive director on May 1. Meanwhile, STV’s senior execs took a pay cut and decided to forgo bonuses because of a 20% decline in year-on-year ad revenue. Jackson, once regarded as the brightest TV operator of his generation, was formerly chairman of Universal Television but initially made his name in Blighty as a pioneering independent producer before occupying senior creative jobs at the BBC, where he ran flagship web BBC1 and was director of television. Immediately prior to moving to the U.S., Jackson was CEO of U.K. pubcaster Channel 4, where he launched digital channels FilmFour and E4. At IAC he has worked on such dot-com businesses as CollegeHumor, Very Short List, Vimeo and the Daily Beast. Jackson described STV “as a small business with big ambitions and a healthy growth plan.” Jackson was once touted as a possible successor to Charles Allen, the previous CEO of U.K. terrestrial giant ITV; it remains to be seen if Jackson harbors ambitions to return fulltime to Blighty, where he remains well connected.