Foxtel has announced a newly-created Arts and Music division.
Foxtel Arts, the dedicated HD Arts channel, and Foxtel’s suite of music channels – [V] HITS, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC – will be managed by a joint team under newly appointed group channel manager, Arts and Music, Fraser Stark.
Foxtel's executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is Australia’s only television provider providing the local music and arts industries with curated locally produced channels and we will continue to do so with the same passion, enthusiasm and excitement which we’ve been doing since 1995.
“Our music and arts offering is very important both to us and our customers and we are proud to be the home of music television with unique and specialised music brands and content that Australians love.”
Walsh said Stark had done an exceptional job building and refining Foxtel Arts since its launch last year.
“His energy, imagination and commercial approach will build on the incredible talents of the Arts and Music team to provide a complete music and live performance offering for our subscribers,” he said.
Stark himself said he was "incredibly excited about this new opportunity and there is great synergy between the Arts and Music brands. I look forward to leading the strong and passionate music team to continue providing these great channels for Foxtel’s viewers.”
Rebecca Batties, who headed the Music portfolio for the past two years, has resigned.
“I we would like to acknowledge Rebecca’s terrific contribution and wish her well with her next endeavour,” Brian Walsh said.
The new team structure will commence August 29.