John Hartigan named new chairman of Prime Media

John Hartigan,


Former News Limited CEO John Hartigan has been handed the role of chairman for Prime Media Group following the death of founder Paul Ramsay a fortnight ago.

The colourful Hartigan stepped down as head of News in November 2011 after 41 years of service to the Murdoch-controlled company, and has been touted for several other senior positions in the industry.

Prime is the regional television affiliate for Seven West Media, and there is continued industry speculation imminent changes to the media ownership rules could see the network acquired or merged with one of the other large media companies.  

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange this morning Hartigan said: “I am excited to be joining Prime Media at a time of such raid change and opportunity across the media landscape. It is a privilege to work with such a strong management team.”

He was welcomed to the role by Prime’s CEO Ian Audsley who added: “In my mind there is no person better suited, or better qualified than John Hartigan to lead the Board and the company into the future.

“It’s a tremendous vote of confidence in our business and our people. We very much look forward to the fresh perspectives that John will bring to our business.”



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