The Royal Television Society, a UK-based educational charity for television and related media, has appointed Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge as its chair of the board of trustees, effective immediately.
Mockridge (pictured) replaces the outgoing John Hardie, CEO of British news and content provider ITN, who has reached the end of his term.
In addition to Virgin Media, Mockridge is 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.
Over the last 20 years, Mockridge served in a variety of senior roles for American multinational mass media company News Corporation across Australia, Asia, New Zealand and Europe. He also served as deputy chair of both BSkyB and Sky Deutschland. The exec began his career as a newspaper journalist in his native New Zealand, then in Australia, before becoming adviser and spokesperson for the federal treasurer of Australia, Paul Keating.
The society has also named Simon Pitts – MD of online, pay-TV, interactive and technology at ITV – as its new vice chair. He succeeds Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide and director, Global, in the role.
RTS is currently searching for a new president to replace ITV chair Peter Bazalgette, who is scheduled to exit after six years at the helm.