Foxtel Executive Director of Product Development and Sales Patrick Delany is set to become the new chief executive of Premier Media Group, reports The Australian.
Delany will replace outgoing chief executive David Malone who is pursuing overseas opportunities.
Premier Media, which looks after FOX Sports, SPEED and FUEL TV, is expected to formally announce his appointment today.
Delany has overseen sweeping technological change within Foxtel including Remote Record, EPG upgrades, HD channels, On Demand, iPhone and iPad apps, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console and Telstra’s T-box.
The changes at PMG come at a crucial time for the Pay-TV industry, ahead of new deals on AFL and NRL rights and in the lead up to the London 2012 Games.
Delany is expected to examine better ways of leveraging the value of PMG’s sports rights beyond TV broadcasting and to upgrade the look and feel of the various sports.
Foxtel is in the midst of selecting Delany’s successor.
UPDATE: Premier Media Group has confirmed Delany’s appointment.
Chairman Mr John Alexander said: “Patrick is an outstanding television executive who is ideally suited to take on the large scale growth opportunities that are available to us, particularly the FOX Sports channels.”
PMG’s Non-Executive Director Mr Peter Macourt said: “Patrick’s expertise in developing new products and services, negotiating important content deals and his knowledge and insight about what customers want are all qualities that will benefit Premier Media Group as it embarks on its next growth trajectory.”
Mr Delany said: “I have been privileged to play such an important part in Foxtel’s incredible growth under CEO Kim Williams and an incredibly talented team that is passionate about subscription television and the choice it offers consumers.”
“This new role as head of Australia’s pre-eminent sports channels is an incredibly exciting opportunity. FOX Sports is committed to clear leadership in sports broadcasting and to the kind of investment that will stretch its lead as the first choice for viewers who want their sport live in their lounge rooms, in HD, 3D, with the best commentary and analysis and a full suite of interactive options.”