More exits at Foxtel as Ant Hearne and Joel Moran leave Kayo

Foxtel’s sports streaming service Kayo has seen another round of exits with head of brand and marketing Joel Moran and executive director Ant Hearne leaving the business.

Their departures follow those of Jamie Campbell, David Roddick, Jo Clasby of Foxtel Media, and another 270 roles which were cut earlier this year.

[L-R] Hearne and Moran have both left Kayo

“Kayo has moved beyond being a start-up and is an established, fast-growing business with over 600,000 paid subscribers. Recognising this, we have made some changes over recent months as part of the Foxtel Group’s new operating structure with a number of functions now shared resources such as technology, operations and content,” said the spokesperson.

“This has seen some of our great start-up talent leave us, in particular Ant Hearne and Joel Moran. Both made an important contribution to establishing Kayo as Australia’s leading sports streaming brand and Ant did an outstanding job in helping build and launch Binge.”

Kim McConnie will be moving across from Foxtel to the newly created role of marketing director for Kayo, leading brand management and go to market strategy for the business.

McConnie has previously held roles at Cricket Australia as general manager of the Big Bash League, and director of sports sponsorship for PepsiCo USA.

Hearne joined Kayo just over a year ago as its chief commercial officer. He joined the business after returning from New York where he spent three years with marketing tech startup Rokt. In August, he was promoted from CCO to executive director, reporting to CEO Julian Ogrin who oversees both Kayo and Binge.

Moran had been with the business for over two years, joining in March 2018, after six years with Optus.

Kayo launched at the end of 2018 and has been a successful part of the Foxtel business. During the COVID-19 restrictions on sport, it lost a significant number of subscribers, but it recovered, reporting over 600,000 users last month – it’s highest number to date.

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