Seven's WA CEO retires
One of Western Australia's top media executives, Chris Wharton, has retired from the helm of Seven West Media WA. Wharton has been with Seven for more than 20 years, most recently as the CEO of Seven West Media and previously as the managing director of Channel Seven and Western Australian Newspapers. He has spent the past year on long-service leave and it was rumoured he would be exiting as part of a management shake-up last December. "After more than 20 years, it is with mixed emotions that I have made the decision to retire from Seven West Media,” Wharton says. “The company has been very good to me and my family. I've had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people and I'll miss them. I am delighted to have the privilege to remain a Telethon Trustee.” Seven West Media has begun the hunt for a successor.
Ooh Media and APN merger delayed by ACCC
The approval of the merger between Ooh Media and APN Outdoor has been delayed as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) seeks further information on the deal. The decision was supposed to be made this month, but has been pushed back to May 4 with the ACCC saying it needed more information before it could finalise its decision. The two businesses remain confident that the merger does not result in a lessening of competition. Read about the merger here.
Goa billboards prep Brisbane for disaster
Queensland billboard company Goa has joined forces with Brisbane City Council (BCC) to begin creating an 'Emergency Grid' of digital billboards for the region. The partnership, signed by Goa CEO Chris Tyquin and Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, stipulates that the council have free access to the billboard grid to display urgent civil alerts in times of crisis. The grid will enable BCC to contact people in real time, with the ability to display messages within 60 seconds of an event and an audience reach of more than 500,000 people on a daily basis. The boards will warn the community of safety threats, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Chris Tyquin called the grid a 'powerful aid' in possible future disasters. The Brisbane-based billboard company has been busy over the last year, launching an 'Emoji's for safe-sex' initiative which took over Goa's flagship digital screen, as well as a Valentine's pet rescue campaign.
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