Former ACMA veteran joins Free TV to lead discussions over Media Reform Green Paper

A veteran of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is to play a leading role for Free TV as it works through the proposals contained in the Federal Governments Media Reform Green Paper.

In the newly created role of director of technology strategy, Giles Tanner will spearhead discussions with the Government as the sector digests the implications of the paper.

Tanner spent three decades with ACMA and its predecessors and most recently lead the division responsible for spectrum management.

Free TV chief executive Bridget Fair said the appointment of Tanner comes as a “critical and exciting time for the broadcast industry”.

“Giles is well-known to industry, government and regulators for his ability to combine technical understanding and strategic thinking,” she said. “This will be a highly relevant combination of skills as we work together with Government and industry stakeholders on the Media Reform Green Paper proposals and the implications of evolving delivery technologies.

“Free TV is focused on supporting the continued growth and evolution of the commercial television broadcast sector and I can’t think of anyone better than Giles to lead these important discussions.”

Tanner added: “Free and ubiquitous commercial television services are incredibly important to all Australians and it is critical we work with Government to ensure a strong and sustainable Australian TV industry for the future.”

Responding to the Media Reform Green Paper in June, Free TV chairman, Greg Hywood, said the Free TV industry has proposed a technology and regulatory pathway that “recognises the central role that broadcast terrestrial free-to-air services”.

“Free-to-air television delivers critical services that no other platform does – free, ubiquitous locally relevant viewing to all Australian homes,” he said.


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