News Corp Australia appoints Peter Tonagh as COO

Peter TonaghNews Corp Australia has appointed Peter Tonagh as its new chief operating officer.

The appointment comes less than two weeks after the departure of Kim Williams and the appointment of Julian Clarke as CEO of the publisher’s Australian division.

The announcement:

News Corp Australia today announced the appointment of Peter Tonagh as chief operating officer. Mr Tonagh joins the company from Foxtel where he has held the position of chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

News Corp Australia’s chief executive officer Mr Julian Clarke said, “I am delighted Peter, with all his talent and experience, has agreed to accept the position of chief operating officer of the company.

“Peter is an outstanding media executive who over the last decade has been critical in driving the growth and success of Foxtel. Among his many achievements Peter has overseen Foxtel’s overall strategy, the acquisition and integration of Austar, key channel negotiations and an increase in Foxtel’s expenditure on content including local production.

“In his position as COO he will be responsible for helping drive the business to its next stage of growth. Peter has a proven track record in strategy and financial management and will be an important addition to our senior management team. He will also be a key interface with our related companies, Foxtel, FOX SPORTS and the REA Group” he added.

Mr Tonagh said, “It’s a privilege to have been asked to be chief operating officer of a company with such a strong heritage in journalism, deep connection with its customers and with such great print and digital assets.

“I look forward to joining talented colleagues at News Corp to take the company through its next stage of investment in journalism and new products and its continued evolution as an outstanding media company,” he said.


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