The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has announced the appointment of Tom Mockridge, as Chair of the Board of Trustees. His appointment will start with immediate effect and he will succeed ITN CEO John Hardie, who has reached the end of his term.
Mockridge is the CEO of Virgin Media and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of parent company Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. He joined Liberty Global in June 2013 following the acquisition of Virgin Media. During the previous two decades he worked for News Corporation in a variety of senior roles across the world.
A new Vice Chair has also been appointed with Simon Pitts, Managing Director of Online, Pay TV, Interactive & Technology, ITV, taking over from Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide & Director, Global. Tim will remain on the Board of Trustees alongside Mike Green, David Lowen, Lynn Barlow, Graham McWilliam, Jane Turton and Rob Woodward.
In addition, a search for a new President is underway to replace Sir Peter Bazalgette who is stepping down after six years at the helm.
Theresa Wise, CEO of the RTS comments: “Over the last few years the RTS has seen extensive growth and change. John Hardie has been fundamental in this and I would like to thank him for his extraordinary contribution in helping me to transform the Society. Tim has also been a fantastically supportive member of the team and I look forward to continuing to work with him on the Board. I would also like to thank Sir Peter Bazalgette. Over the past six years he has provided vital support to the RTS and will be missed.”