Phil Scott is the new MD of ACP magazines and Jeff Browne is the new national MD of the Nine Network in the first major appointments by newly promoted PBL boss David Gyngell.
The moves follow Gyngell’s promotion from Nine to running the whole of PBL at the beginning of the month.
In the first of two almost simultaneous announcements, Gyngell said that Browne, Nine’s executive director, would be promoted to national MD and relocate from Melbourne to Sydney.
The announcement said: “The new national MD’s role incorporates responsibility for all of the operations of the Nine Network.In addition, Mr Browne will lead and supervise the imminent relocation of GTV9 together with the wider PBL Media group businesses to new facilities in Bourke Street, Melbourne. After overseeing and settling that important move, Mr Browne will relocate to Sydney, but continue an ongoing presence in Melbourne each week to pilot the continuing strength of GTV9 and to maintain vital contacts between all PBL Media businesses and key people and organisations in the Melbourne market.”
Gyngell said: “Appointing Jeff Browne is just about the simplest and most warranted decision I’ll ever make. I’ve come to know Jeff not only as a terrific operator but as an outstanding television executive. He brings enormous skill and capacity to this new role and I literally could not nominate anyone I would prefer to have guiding this great network right now.”
Browne added: “Nine is on the cusp of a wonderfully productive period in its already rich history. Having served the Network as Executive Director for the past four years, this step up provides an even greater opportunity to steer the business to a new level, based on the growing strength of our Nine schedule and brand, exciting prospects for our multi-channels and a reinvigorated commitment to News, Sport and Australian Drama.”
Scott was previously group publishing director at ACP. Gyngell said: “Phil is a proven publisher and editor with a great track record of growing the business. He understands the value of integrated media assets and I respect his commercial judgement, creativity and entrepreneurial skills.”
Scott added: “ACP has a great heritage, great mastheads and, above all, great people. There’s plenty of work still to do as the media landscape transitions to the digital age, but magazines are part of my DNA and I am a great believer in the future of print as part of an integrated media world.”
The Nine Network’s TV portfolio includes main channel Nine along with digital offerings Go and GEM. ACP is Australia’s biggest magazine publisher with titles including the Australian Women’s Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Zoo, FHM, Dolly, TV Week, Rolling Stone, Cleo and Woman’s Day.
A further announcement from PBL added:
“Pat O’Sullivan has taken on the broader role of Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of PBL Media working closely with Mr Gyngell on key day to day operations.
“Brett Dickson has been appointed Chief Operating & Finance Officer of the Nine Network Australia reporting to Jeffrey Browne.
“Matthew Stanton is the Chief Operating and Finance Officer of ACP Magazines and has taken on overseeing the ACP New Zealand, Asia and Trader Businesses. Paul Dykzeul, Julie Sherborn and Keith Falconer will continue to manage these businesses reporting to Mr Stanton.”