Britain's Royal Television Society Names Tom Mockridge Chair

Tom Mockridge

Mockridge is a former CEO of Sky Italia who helped News Corp. navigate the fallout after the phone-hacking scandal broke. He replacedRebekah Brooks, the News of the World editor who resigned in July.

The Virgin Media CEO says he will work with new vice chair and ITV top exec Simon Pitts and the organization's board to support "the growth of U.K. television, at home and internationally."

Britain's Royal Television Society has appointed Tom Mockridge, the CEO of U.K. cable giant Virgin Media, chair of its board of trustees.

His appointment is effective immediately. He succeeds ITN CEO John Hardie, who has reached the end of his term.

Virgin Media is owned by John Malone's Liberty Global. Mockridge previously worked for News Corp in various senior roles across the world. He started his career as a newspaper journalist in his native New Zealand, then worked in Australia.

In 1991 he joined News Corp, where he held positions in its TV operations across Australia, Asia and New Zealand and Europe. Among other roles, he served as deputy chairman of both BSkyB and Sky Deutschland.

The Royal Television Society also named a new vice chair, Simon Pitts, managing director of online, pay TV, interactive and technology at ITV. He tales over from Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide.

The organization said it is also searching for a new president to replace recently appointed ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years.

Said Mockridge: “I am delighted to join the Royal Television Society, champion of the global success story that is U.K. television. Together with new vice chair Simon Pitts, the board and RTS members, I look forward to supporting the growth of U.K. television, at home and internationally."

Theresa Wise, CEO of the RTS, said: "Tom has a strong record for managing and chairing media companies and extensive industry knowledge."