Free TV Australia Appoints New Chairman


MOSMAN: Free TV Australia has named Harold Mitchell as its new chairman, a role that sees him tackling issues affecting the commercial free-to-air TV industry in the country.

Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners. He was also, until earlier this month, the executive chairman of Aegis Media Asia Pacific. He also founded the Harold Mitchell Foundation. In his new position, Mitchell will be working closely with the Free TV board and the organization’s chief executive, Julie Flynn.

Mitchell said: “There is a great energy and confidence within Australian Free TV networks, and this is a great opportunity for me to remain involved with the free-to-air television industry at a time of real change.

“Commercial television is part of the fabric of Australian life; it’s in 99 percent of homes and is the major investor in Australian content. Free-to-air TV is reaching more consumers on more platforms than ever before, a position of strength that equips it for the challenges of our digital world. It is uniquely placed to remain the leading source of entertainment and information for all Australians.”

Flynn added: “We are delighted that Harold has agreed to take on the role of chairman.

“Nobody has more extensive experience and understanding of our business and the wider industry landscape. We look forward to his leadership and advice as we complete the transition to digital television and progress Free TV’s mission to continue to deliver the best entertainment, news and sport to all Australians for free.”