“I think the threats on the committee show exactly why we need this regulation, it’s classic monopoly behavior,” Gill said. The Sydney Morning Herald and Age.
Ms. Gill replaced Justine McCarthy, who moved into Communications Secretary Paul Fletcher’s office to become Senior Consultant. It replaces former ABC communications leader Emma McDonald, who resigned from her role since 2019. It is not clear where McDonald is going.
The two executives have joined a wider women’s collective working in media regulation, including Nerida O’Loughlin, head of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Creina Chapman, vice president, and Georgia-Kate Schubert, policy and government affairs boss of News Corp.
Government policy has been one of Seven’s focal points over the past year, while seeking ways to reduce costs. The coronavirus outbreak has put additional pressure on media companies like Seven due to a significant advertising crisis. Measures such as non-spectrum relief and the temporary lifting of content quotas were major initiatives that cut costs under McDonald’s advice.
“We are delighted to host Clare Gill at Seven West Media,” said seven CEO James Warburton, thanking Mrs. McGarthy for her work. “Clare has a long and impressive track record in government, regulatory and corporate affairs, as well as policy development, industrial relations and business strategy.”
Gill, who also spent four years at Optus, saw Seven’s regulatory attention, published by Mr Fletcher late last year, outlining ways to reform and improve existing media laws to equate the playing field with powerful broadcast giants. likely to focus on the document. use the spectrum.
The government is currently considering scrapping annual broadcast spectrum taxes for commercial TV networks and replacing them with a new licensing regime that could save broadcasters up to $ 12 million each year.