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Free TV CEO Brett Savill resigns saying role was ‘not the right fit’

Free TV Australia’s CEO Brett Savill resigned yesterday after just four months in the role, with the lobby group noting it is disappointed Savill was not the right person for the organisation.

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Savill was appointed to the role in October last year, taking over from Julie Flynn, who retired after 15 years at the helm.

At the time of the appointment, Free TV chairman, Harold Mitchell, said: “We are delighted that Brett will be joining FreeTV as CEO. He brings a depth of experience in the media and technology industries.

“This appointment will strengthen our efforts as we continue to advocate for regulatory relief from the world’s most onerous television licence fees and for fair and certain access to spectrum so we can continue to deliver the free services that the public values so highly.”

Yesterday, Free TV announced Savill was stepping down, but were unable to answer Mumbrella’s questions about when the resignation would take effect and if it plans for his successor.

In a statement, Savill said: “I have formed the view that the role is not the right fit for me and I believe it is the right thing to do to step aside now so that FreeTV can pursue its agenda under a new leader.”

Mitchell added: “We are disappointed Brett is not the right person for the organisation and that the appointment has not worked out. On behalf of all of the broadcasters I thank Brett for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”

Mumbrella contacted Free TV to find out its plans for recruitment, its agenda under a new leader and why Savill didn’t fit in the role; however a spokesperson said they were unable to add anything to the official statement above.

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