Ten CEO James Warburton has used his first public appearance to issue a vote of confidence in programming boss David Mott, describing him as “the best in the business”.
Speaking at the launch of Young Talent Time, Warburton used the event to signal that Mott is among the executives he wants to stay.
It follows his comments in an interview with The Daily Telegraph earlier in the month that there would be an announcement on executive departures.
(Update: Ten states that the Telegraph misquoted Warburton)
Tonight Warburton told the audience: “2012 is about returning us to the broadcasting fundamentals of ratings and revenue. It’s about setting the agenda to lead; it’s about being fiercely competitive, creatively dynamic and most importantly it’s about restoring our connection with the audience on a number of nights with a sense of urgency.
“We’re back and we’ve got attitude.
“Our focus is now on providing funding back to screen to restore this connection with our viewer.”
Crediting Mott with driving the revival of Young Talent Time, Warburton added: “I regard David Mott as the best in the business.”
This month Warburton announced the appointment of Mike Morrison as his new sales boss over the head of Kylie Rogers.