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MediaWorks appoints Tom Cotter as CIPO

MediaWorks, Auckland, 17 October 2014: Tom Cotter has been appointed to the newly created role of CIPO (Chief Information and Product Officer) for MediaWorks.

The role is part of a new service delivery structure that combines both technology operations and technology product development into one department. Led by the CIPO, this department is responsible for the delivery and design of all IT and IT-related products across the Group.

MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon says: “Tom has outstanding knowledge of technology and media, and extensive experience in delivering digital innovation and fantastic user experience in a number of companies, from Virgin Media, to Sony to Spark to TVNZ.

“With cross-platform products such as the recently announced combined TV and Breakfast show, and the growth in customer consumption of content at different times of the day and night on all sorts of devices, experience and skills such as Tom’s are critical to building a winning media business. We are thrilled to welcome Tom to MediaWorks as a member of the Exec team.”

Tom Cotter says: “I’ve never been so excited about a role. The people at MediaWorks are world class and I’m proud to join the team.  No other NZ media company has such a strong relationship with Kiwis throughout the day, and I’m looking forward to enabling the TV and Radio teams to make the love for our brands even stronger – regardless of platform.”

Tom Cotter has 15 years’ experience in developing and implementing digital strategy within large businesses. As General Manager for Digital Media at TVNZ from 2007-2014 he led the digital growth strategy, including responsibility for tvnz.co.nz, tvnzondemand, onenews.co.nz, and the development and launch of Australasia’s first mobile and tablet catch-up TV service. He was Strategy Leader for Telecom’s New Media and Emerging Services, Head of Product and Content Strategy for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (Playstation), and Head of Games for Virgin Media UK. More recently, Tom co-founded and was CEO of second screen platform Buzzdial.com.

About MediaWorks
MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, reaching 3.8 million Kiwis through its TV, Radio and Digital platforms. The company owns and operates television channels TV3, FOUR and The Edge TV; radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, George FM, Kiwi FM, LiveSPORT and RadioLIVE; a network of websites including 3news.co.nz and 3NOW, and a family of mobile and tablet apps. MediaWorks’ entertainment and news brands and people are household names, with loyal, highly engaged audiences. www.mediaworks.co.nz

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