Former TEN Chief Executive Officer Grant Blackley has been appointed as the new CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, following the resignation of Rhys Holleran.
Blackley was with TEN for 24 years, ending as CEO in February 2011 when the Board replaced him with Lachlan Murdoch as Acting CEO.
SCA chairman Peter Bush said, “I have had the opportunity to observe Grant in his various industry roles over some time and I have a great deal of respect for his expertise and achievements in media sales, strategy and executive team development in particular.
“In addition, with the potential opportunities and challenges that could flow from mooted media ownership rule changes in future, Grant’s extensive media industry knowledge and network will be a distinct advantage.”
Blackley said, “Since leaving the TEN Network, I have spent time enjoying a diverse range of business challenges but the more I thought about the opportunity to join the Southern Cross Austereo team, the more interested I became.
“This is a company with great brands, a highly engaged group of talented people and the scope to build additional and new streams of sustainable revenue and earnings.”
Blackley begins on June 29 and will be relinquishing all other management responsibilities with restaurant group Keystone, Four Seasons Media and RGM Artists prior to that time.
SCA owns regional TV broadcasters and radio networks Hit and Triple M, and has been rumoured in takeover stories involving Nine Entertainment Co.