APN Australian Regional Media has appointed Michael Miller as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Miller is currently the Regional Director for News Limited in New South Wales and has a very strong operational background.
APN Chairman Peter Cosgrove said Michael's experience in publishing, digital, broadcast, and sports businesses would be of significant benefit to APN.
"Michael is well placed to lead APN as his broad media experience in senior hands-on operational roles is precisely what the company needs," Mr Cosgrove said.
Mr Miller has been instrumental in the reshaping of New Limited's digital, broadcast, sports and publishing businesses.
He also spent 10 years as the director of Sky Television New Zealand.
Prior to his current role, Mr Miller was Managing Director of Nationwide News, the Managing Director of Advertiser News Media from 2004-2010, and News Limited's Group Marketing Director, from 1997 - 2004.
He is also a Director of the Committee for Sydney, Waratahs Rugby, carsguide.com.au, the Audit Bureau of Circulations, and is a previous Director of Fox Sports Australia.
He will take up his role at APN in mid June.
Miller spent ten years as one of two News Ltd directors on the board of Sky TV, resigning in March when the Murdoch company sold its 43 per cent stake in Sky.
Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said Miller brought marketing expertise to the board.
In his view, Miller might be more inclined to build existing assets than his predecessor who came from a banking background.
Fellet said Sky TV had asked for News Ltd to extend his term because of his expertise, but the larger company declined because of other commitments.
APN New Zealand media assets include NZ Herald and several regional newspapers, and magazines including the NZ Woman's Weekly and The Listener.
It's Australian assets including numerous regional newspapers, websites, outdoor signage and radio stations.
APN also owns a 50 per cent stake in The Radio Network, which reaches half the NZ radio audience and whose stations include Newstalk ZB.
The remaining 50 per cent is held by Clear Channel Communications.
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