Australian pubcaster SBS has appointed James Taylor as managing director, replacing Michael Ebeid, who held the position from 2011 until last July.
Taylor (pictured) has held the role of acting managing director since Oct. 2 after serving as CFO for six years, overseeing corporate strategy, digital evolution and ongoing effective operation.
He has previously held positions at Deloitte, British Telecom and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with over 18 years experience in media and telecommunications.
“Not only does James have a comprehensive and innate knowledge of SBS and its operations, he has developed a significant level of trust and rapport with its board, the executive team and employees throughout the organization over the years,” said SBS chairman Bulent Hass Dellal, in a statement. “He has been a driving force and key collaborator across a range of projects which have seen SBS transform into the modern, innovative and efficient multi-platform broadcaster it is today.”
“With the continually changing face of modern Australia, and in a landscape of polarized views and debate, the value of an independent and trusted public broadcaster committed to helping Australians understand each other better, has never been more important,” added Taylor.
“SBS provides a distinctive and unparalleled offering for audiences,” Taylor continued. “Working with the talented team, our focus for the future is for SBS to continue being an innovative and effective leader in championing the benefits of a more inclusive society, exploring multicultural and Indigenous stories otherwise untold, giving a voice to communities often unheard, and continuing to reinforce our value to all Australians.”
“SBS is a broadcaster with a reputation for providing bold and innovative content to audiences by working proactively and collaboratively with our screen businesses,” added Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner, in a separate statement.
Taylor’s appointment officially begins on Oct. 22 for a term of five years.