Siobhan McKenna exits Ten board and joins News Corp in TV role

Lachlan Murdoch’s right-hand woman Siobhan McKenna has resigned from her position representing him on the board of the Ten Network to join News Corp in the new role of group director of broadcasting.

Siobhan McKenna joins News Corp | Picture courtesy of News Corp

Ten announced the resignation of McKenna from the board this morning, with the statement noting McKenna’s nominating shareholder Illyria – an investment company founded by Lachlan Murdoch through which he also owns Nova Entertainment – did not propose to nominate a replacement for the time being.

According to the News Corp announcement, McKenna will provide strategic oversight of the company’s broadcast assets – Fox Sports, Sky News and its 50% stake in Foxtel – and will work with Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh, Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany and CEO of Sky News Angelos Frangopoulos.

News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller said in a note shared with staff: “I have asked Siobhan to provide strategic oversight of our broadcast assets, work closely with Peter Tonagh, Patrick Delany and Angelos Frangopoulos on their major initiatives, and to work with me to further develop the News Corp Australia portfolio.

“Siobhan has joined the boards of Fox Sports, Foxtel and Sky News as a director.  She has deep experience across multiple media categories, and is a sought after business leader and company director across varied industries.

“Her deep knowledge of our industry; its challenges and opportunities make her a great asset to our company.”

Ten chairman David Gordon said: ““I would like to thank Siobhan for her valuable and important contribution to the Board and the Company, and to wish her the very best for the future.”


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