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Freesat has a new chairman

Tim Davie, is succeeded by Carolyn Fairbairn, ITV's Director of Group Development and Strategy.

Tim Davie, is succeeded by Carolyn Fairbairn, ITV's Director of
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Freesat, the UK's free-to-air digital satellite TV service, today announced the appointment of a new Chairman, with this statement.

Following his appointment as the BBC's Director of Audio and Music, Tim Davie, currently Freesat's Chairman, is to stand down from his role at the service in September and is to be succeeded as Chairman by Carolyn Fairbairn, ITV's Director of Group Development and Strategy. Davie, currently the BBC's Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences, is to take up a new role as BBC Director of Audio and Music in September this year. The Chairmanship of Freesat alternates between the two broadcasters annually and this is the first time that ITV has taken up the role.

Commenting on the transition of the Chairmanship, Emma Scott, Freesat's MD said; "Carolyn is a highly regarded industry figure and I'm certain that the strong strategic skills and expertise she continues to demonstrate at ITV will be of huge benefit to Freesat. I'm delighted that she has agreed to become Chairman of Freesat. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Tim for the great support and wise counsel he has provided during Freesat's development and launch."

Carolyn Fairbairn said: "Freesat plays a crucial role in ensuring that UK viewers have access to free-to-air digital and high definition television. After a successful launch earlier this year, the service has already proved itself to be popular with consumers and I'm delighted to be taking on the Chairmanship."

Carolyn Fairbairn joined ITV as Director of Group Development and Strategy in March 2007. Prior to that she was a partner at McKinsey & Company, specialising in media. From 1997 - 2004 she was at the BBC; her most recent role there was as Director of Strategy & Distribution and a member of the BBC's Executive Board, with responsibility for strategic planning and the distribution of BBC services. In this role she was particularly involved in the development of the BBC's digital strategy and was one of the principal architects of Freeview. Carolyn's previous roles have included being a member of the Downing Street Policy Unit and working as a financial journalist on The Economist.

In addition, Richard Lindsay-Davies, the service's Commercial Development Director is to leave Freesat at the beginning of October. After aiding the launch of the service he is making a planned return to his role as Director General at the Digital Television Group. Richard's position will be filled shortly following a recruitment process.

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