Lobbyist Creina Chapman appointed as ACMA chief executive

Creina Chapman, Southern Cross Austereo’s head of regulatory affairs and corporate communications, has been appointed to lead the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Chapman will take the position of ACMA’s CEO and deputy chairman alongside new full time members, lawyer Chris Jose and Screen Australia COO Fiona Cameron, which sees the authority’s leadership team grow to six.

Chapman will take the helm of Australia’s media regulator

Having joined Southern Cross Austereo in 2015, Chapman was appointed to the broadcaster’s leadership team late last year. Prior to joining SCA, She held roles with News Corp and Nine.

Chapman will leave SCA on May 18 and will start her five year term at ACMA on 11 June 2018.

In a media statement, SCA’s chief executive officer, Grant Blackley, said: “Creina has been an outstanding executive and has made a significant contribution to SCA and the broader media industry in a number of areas including her concerted effort in the successful negotiation of the Media Reform Bill last year.”

“While we are sorry to lose Creina we recognise this leadership role is an outstanding opportunity for someone with Creina’s long experience to make a difference in such an important area of public policy with such a vital organisation.

“Creina will leave with our best wishes and support.”

Adding to Blackley’s statement, Chapman said: “It has been a privilege to work for such an innovative and progressive entertainment media company, which reaches Australians in all corners of the country, through their radio, television and podcasting businesses.

“I would like to thank the Leadership Team and in particular, Grant for all the opportunities and support and they have provided me.”

Chapman has also been the SCA representative on the boards of Commercial Radio Australia, Free TV, Regional Television Audience Measurement and Regional Broadcasting Australia Holdings.

The CEO role has been in limbo since Chris Chapman stepped down in 2016 with then interim chair Richard Bean taking over the role following the Federal government’s May 2017 review into ACMA’s role in regulating Australian’s media and telco industry.

On the appointment of Nerida O’Loughlin as ACMA chair in September last year, Bean stepped down and the CEO role was informally filled by O’Loughlin.

In other changes at ACMA, former deputy chairman James Cameron retains his role as a full time member of the authority despite Chapman taking his previous role.

In a media statement, ACMA chair O’Loughlin said:  “I welcome the appointment of Creina, Chris and Fiona to the ACMA and the reappointment of James.

“Our new members bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience across the industries with which the ACMA works work, and in broader public policy, legal and regulatory fields. These complement the skills and experience of the existing Authority members.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Authority members to deliver important outcomes for industry and consumers from sectors that increasingly underpin our economy and our social lives.”


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