Seven announces its replacement for Ben Roberts-Smith

Seven has announced its replacement for ousted executive and disgraced Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith following his sensational loss of the defamation trial of the century.

Earlier this month, Roberts-Smith’s case against The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times was dismissed in the Federal Court, with Justice Anthony Besanko finding the outlets had demonstrated substantial truth of the imputations in the articles.

The articles, penned in 2018, alleged he unlawfully murdered prisoners while deployed in Afghanistan.

Shortly after, Roberts-Smith tended his resignation as Seven’s Queensland general manager.

While he had been on leave from his role while his case played out, the network’s billionaire owner Kerry Stokes was publicly and financially supporting him.

Seven today announced Brisbane sales director Todd Dickinson will be its Queensland managing director, reporting director to chief executive and MD James Warburton.

Warburton said: “I’m thrilled to announce this appointment. I’ve worked closely with Todd for many years, and he is one of the best operators in the business with a proven track record for delivering results in his 16 years with Seven.”

Todd Dickinson’s appointment is effective immediately.

Greg Gabel will continue in the role of national regional sales director of local markets and will work closely with Dickinson to enhance Seven’s significant opportunities in the Brisbane and broader regional Queensland markets.

“Todd and Greg will make a formidable team as they continue to strengthen our support for the communities across Queensland and bolster our relationships with key stakeholders including valued clients and partners.”

Dickinson’s appointment is effective immediately.

“It is a genuine privilege to take on this role,” he said.

“I am acutely aware of the history of Seven in Queensland and the important role the network plays as part of the fabric of our great state. That legacy can never be eroded.”


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