Browning jumps from Freeview to Hybrid TV and TiVo?

, posted: 31-Mar-2009 17:32

Freeview sent over a press release earlier today, saying Steve Browning, its GM, has resigned effective April 9, to "pursue new opportunities".

The release doesn't say why he left or where to, but Allan Swann at NBR reckons Browning has gone to... Hybrid TV, the company part-owned by TVNZ and Seven Media Group, to launch TiVo in New Zealand.

Interestingly enough, the release quoted Freeview Chairman Rick Friesen extensively. Friesen is one of the MediaWorks bosses, and that broadcaster is reportedly very unhappy with TVNZ HD going onto SkyTV.

Sam Irvine, Freeview's marketing manager steps in as acting general manager until a permanent appointment has been made.

As someone who's been favourably impressed by Freeview, I hope this doesn't mean the digital broadcaster is about to fall apart. A state broadcaster in cahoots with a commercial satellite one doesn't sound like a good idea for New Zealand, although it may appeal to some freemarketer purists...

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