Seven poaches Clive Dickens from Southern Cross to lead HBBTV drive

Clive Dickens director of digital Southern Cross Austereo at Mumbrella 360, 2014.

Clive Dickens

Seven West Media has named Southern Cross Austereo digital director Clive Dickens as its chief digital officer to drive forward new forms of content delivery, including HBBTV.

He will join Seven in early 2015 and report to Seven chief executive Tim Worner.

Mumbrella revealed earlier this year that Seven was on the hunt for a ‘digital supremo’ to head the delivery of online content and HBBTV.

“Clive is well-known to the market as a champion  of new and emerging digital platforms, and as an identifier of new opportunities for growth,” Worner said.

“He joins us at an  exciting time. Seven West Media has some of the most successful brands and franchises in the country. We are  focused on the delivery of our market-leading content anywhere, anytime to the biggest audiences possible.  Our drive into new forms of delivery represents an important cornerstone in our strategy and Clive will lead that  push with passion.”

Dickens joined SCA as director of digital and innovation in March 2013 with responsibility for all strategic and operational aspects of its digital content and revenues.

Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Rhys Holleran, said: “We would like to take this  opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to Clive for his remarkable impact on the  SCA business broadly, and for his leadership of SCA’s digital success since he joined  the company in early 2013.

“The search for SCA’s new Director of Digital and  Innovation is already underway and we will make an announcement about a successor in the coming months.”

Dickens said: “I am thrilled to be joining Seven West Media and really look forward to working with some  of the world’s most compelling brands and channels. Seven creates more premium content than any other  Australian media company and I can’t wait to further extend its consumption via more connected devices  to even larger audiences.”

Dickens is also a non-executive director at Digital Radio Broadcasting and an HbbTV Steering Committee member at  Freeview Australia.

Prior to joining  Southern Cross Austereo, Dickens was a co-founder and non-executive director of Radioplayer, a joint  venture between the BBC and UK commercial broadcasters, and Co-Founder and COO at Absolute Radio.  He has also been an adviser to the founders of Shazam and numerous other digital start-ups.


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