Tim Worner, Seven’s Director of Programming and Production, has been officially appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Seven Network Television.
He will succeed David Leckie who remains as Chief Executive Officer of parent group Seven West Media.
The move had been widely tipped by industry following Worner’s year leading Seven’s stellar ratings performance and recently completing a 6 week course in Executive Business in the USA.
Worner will now be directly responsible for the management of the entire Seven Network Television business, within Seven West Media.
Tim Worner (pictured, left) began his career as a reporter with Seven News in Perth, producing Sport for Seven, in particular AFL, before becoming Head of Production. He was appointed Director of Programming and Production in late 2002.
Seven West Media Chairman Kerry Stokes, said: “We are delighted that Tim has accepted this role. He is an outstanding executive and has played a key role in Seven’s success. Tim’s intimate knowledge of programming and production provide him with the experience to ensure Seven’s continuing success.”
David Leckie said: “This company has come a long way over the past eight years. We have the best performing media businesses and great management. We’re looking forward to driving home our leadership and further building our businesses. Tim’s the best in the business and has built a great team. He’ll be terrific in his new role as CEO of Television for Seven West Media and I am looking forward to working with him to continue our group’s success.”
Tim Worner added: “I am honoured to be asked to lead the talented and committed group of people which makes up the Seven Network. It is a group which has delivered such an outstanding result this year. I look forward to working with David to ensure that we build on the momentum we’ve got going. We are finalising our plan for 2012 and the very clear aim is to maintain our position as the most attractive and best-performing media brand in Australia.”
The always-robust David Leckie had denied he would be leaving the CEO role for many months, but industry had observed the expansion of Seven West Media as indicative of executive change.
The appointment will also see Worner go head to head with former Seven exec James Warburton who begins as CEO of the TEN Network on January 1st.
TV Tonight understands the promotion for Worner will likely mean his current role will be divided in two with Angus Ross, Head of Scheduling, Acquisitions & Programming to take charge of Programming and Brad Lyons, Head of Production to assume sole responsibility of Production.