John was responsible for the launch of the Sky News service in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has since gone on to lead the development of more than 30 news, sport, documentary and entertainment brands through media culture change initiatives for clients across the world.
Beginning his career in journalism and television programming, production and promotion, John held senior positions in television and media businesses spanning the globe, for more than 25 years. These include
Managing Director of Sky News based in London;
Director of International Development at British Sky Broadcasting for Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia; Executive
Vice President of STAR TV Networks for China, India and South East Asia; Managing
Director of the National Geographic Channels in Europe and Australia; Executive
Vice President of the Fox International Channels. He was previously Director of
News and of Programming and Promotion at Network TEN in Australia.
As an independent consultant John has since maintained long running
associations with the world’s largest media companies including; Asia’s leading
news and factual broadcaster NDTV in India where he was also Director Strategy; chellomedia in Europe where he advises on strategy and the reorganisation of a
number of Liberty’s channel brands including sports interests in
Europe; MBC and Al Arabiya in the Middle East where he advised on strategy, the launch and operations of a number of the Middle East's most successful channel brands; Setanta Sports with Virgin Media and ITN in the UK; the North American Sports Network, now part of ESPN; Kingdom Holdings in the Middle East; Sport
Five based in Switzerland, as well as the Interax digital technology solutions
He also advises one of the world’s leading sports rights and content companies based in London and Los Angeles.
Using his experience for further academic rigour, John successfully completed
higher level organisational culture change and media scenario building studies
at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, which is now part of Said
Business School and at the HEC in Paris.
He then founded the iO Media Group Llp and .tv Asia Ltd to help move the “analogue
thinking” and practices of old media into a brave, new digital age, requiring a new approach to culture change and media organisation within cutting edge technology and content.
John was presented with the Royal Television Society Award for services to
British journalism. He is a member of both the Oxford and HEC Business Alumni
and a member of the Art Directors Club of New York.
Career Highlights :
Director International - Interax iTV Solutions
Managing Director - TV WorldNet Limited
CEO – iO Media World Wide Consultancy
Founder Member – The Change Leaders
International Director - BSkyB
Founder MD & Head of News - Sky News
Managing Director - The National Geographic Channels Executive VP - Fox Channels
Executive VP - STAR TV India and China
Chief Executive Officer - NDTV Profit India
Strategic Consultant - Xinhua Financial China
Director Strategy - New Delhi Television Ltd.
CEO - tv Asia (HKSAR) Limited
Culture Change Consultant - Sky Italia
Board Advisor - MBC and Al Arabiya
Media Advisor - Kingdom Holdings
Founding Director - Parliamentary Broadcasting Ltd
Royal Television Society Award for Services to Journalism
Web Sites :
École des Hautes Études Commerciales - HEC