Dover takes reins at ABC sat service


SYDNEY -- Bruce Dover, a former CNN International managing editor in Asia, has been appointed CEO of the Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s pan-Asia satellite TV service, Australia Network.

ABC managing director Mark Scott on Tuesday said that Dover will "bring the required background experience and regional insights to this highly competitive and fast changing environment that will ensure the continued strength of the network."

Dover was managing editor of CNNI (Asia) from 2000-03. He was previously a deputy editor of the Australian newspaper and founding editor of Business Asia magazine. He also served as the Beijing-based vp of News Corp. (China) and CEO of News Corp.'s Australian online division, News Interactive.

Australia Network, with funding from the Australian government, has a remit to increase the awareness of Australia and Australian perspectives across the region. It has a footprint covering 40 countries and retransmission agreements giving it direct access to 20 million homes across the region.

Dover will take up his appointment Aug. 6 and will be based in Sydney.

He replaces Ian Carroll, who was appointed the ABC's director of innovation earlier this year and reports to the director of ABC International, Murray Green.