Virgin Media Chief Tom Mockridge to Chair U.K.’s Royal Television Society

The U.K.’s Royal Television Society, an organization that represents top television executives, has named Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge as chair of the board of trustees. He succeeds ITN CEO John Hardie, who has reached the end of his term.

As well as heading Virgin Media, Mockridge is a member of the executive leadership team of parent company Liberty Global, John Malone’s international TV and broadband company. Mockridge joined Liberty Global in June 2013 following its acquisition of Virgin Media.

During the previous two decades, he worked for News Corporation in a variety of senior roles across the world. He started his career as a newspaper journalist in his native New Zealand, then in Australia, before becoming an advisor and spokesperson for the federal treasurer of the Australian government, Paul Keating.

In 1991, he joined News Corp. and went on to hold executive positions at its television operations across Australia and New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. He has also served as deputy chairman of both BSkyB, later renamed Sky, and Sky Deutschland.

A new vice chair has also been appointed: Simon Pitts, managing director of online, pay TV, interactive and technology at ITV, who will take over from Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide and director, Global. Davie will remain on the board of trustees alongside Mike Green, David Lowen, Lynn Barlow, Graham McWilliam, Jane Turton and Rob Woodward.

A search for a new RTS president is underway to replace ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the society’s helm.

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