SBS extends Brown through '11


SYDNEY -- Shaun Brown, managing director of Australian multicultural pubcaster the Special Broadcasting Service, has had his contract extended by one year through 2011, the maximum five years allowed under the company charter, SBS chair Carla Zampatti said Thursday.

During his contentious term, Brown thus far has implemented new in-program advertising, moving the network to a hybrid commercial-public model, raising AUS$48 million ($43 million) in revenue in the process.

The SBS board and Brown agreed "it was in the best interests of SBS to have continuity in the managing director position for the maximum period permitted under the SBS Act," Zampatti said.