Clive Dickens Becomes Chairman of Freeview in Australia


SYDNEY: Freeview is launching a new FreeviewPlus mobile application for access to all of Australia’s free-to-air networks’ live streaming and catch-up content, in addition to appointing Clive Dickens as its chairman.

Dickens, Seven West Media’s chief digital officer, replaces inaugural Freeview Chairman Kim Dalton, who has stepped down after seven years in the role. “We would like to thank Kim for his vision and energy in the role,” Dickens said. “Under his stewardship, Freeview has launched the award-winning hybrid TV service FreeviewPlus delivering Australian audiences the best in FTA TV technology.

“This year will continue to be one of collaboration and innovation for Freeview leading with FreeviewPlus mobile product and we look forward to announcing even more exciting IP initiatives in the coming months,” Dickens added.

Freeview is also launching a new program of innovation and products. The program will include investment in upgrading FreeviewPlus, which will allow viewers access to a wider range of features and functionality, the details of which will be announced later this year.

Freeview CEO Liz Ross commented: “We have an exciting year ahead in free-to-air television and the spirit of progress and collaboration will deliver some significant innovations in 2016. We’re especially glad to welcome SBS back to the Freeview family.”

“It’s clear that consumers are in charge of their viewing and they want the flexibility to watch what they want, when they want, on the best available screen at the time even when out of home,” Ross said. “Freeview has responded to changing viewing habits and we are excited about the FreeviewPlus multi-screen future.”