SVT program head Annie Wegelius to exit

SVT's director of programs Annie Wegelius (pictured) is leaving the Swedish pubcaster after nearly seven years, to be replaced by Martin Österdahl next September.
December 11, 2012

Annie Wegelius (pictured) is to depart her role as SVT’s director of programs after nearly seven years with the Swedish pubcaster.

She will be replaced by Martin Österdahl next September after his term as executive producer of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is finished. The annual international pop song competition is due to take place in the Swedish city of Malmö next May with SVT serving as the host broadcaster.

The network also announced plans to revamp its commissioning structure to align Österdahl’s role more closely with SVTi head Lena Glaser’s work on the interactive programming side.

“Today SVT is a very well-run company, with talented and skilled employees who are well equipped to tackle the challenges ahead,” Wegelius said in a statement.

Jan Axelsson,  SVT’s program director for news, sports and current affairs, will also depart the network after six years next August. SVT has yet to announce his replacement.

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