Sam Chisholm dies at 78

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Sam Chisholm, the renowned TV executive who steered Sky into the big time, passed away this week in Sydney.

The New Zealand-born executive spent more than four decades working in media, including 15 years as boss of the Nine Network. He was appointed chief executive and managing director in 1975, aged just 35, before returning briefly in 2005.

Chisholm left Nine to join Britain’s Sky Television as chief executive in 1989, leading the company through its merger with a competitor to become BSkyB. He retired from the pay television company in 1997.

Chisholm was inducted into Australia’s television Hall of Fame in 2004, when he was also awarded a Gold Logie. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to medical research and health organisations in Australia.


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