Senior exec returns to Foxtel
Stephen Baldwin is returning to Foxtel in the newly created role of head of channels and operations – Foxtel Networks.
Starting on July 20, Baldwin will report to executive director of television Brian Walsh. Baldwin spent the last five years as chief operating officer of Ai-Media, which provides live and offline captions for broadcast, education, corporate and government clients.
The appointment follows the recent restructure which saw Foxtel Networks director of programming and channels Ross Crowley promoted to the new role of director of content strategy and programming.
So Baldwin in effect takes charge of the channels group formerly overseen by Crowley, who now focusses on acquiring content and programming.
Walsh said: "Stephen has television in his blood and is one of most well rounded young executives in the business. I know he has a passion for television and for Foxtel and am very confident that he will take our channels to greater success.
“The appointment allows my colleague Ross Crowley and I the opportunity to focus on strategy, content, growth, our expanded production slate and the ever changing commercial environment. Stephen has the smarts, the energy and drive to keep this company surging ahead.”
At Ai-Media he was responsible for strategic and operational management, leading the sales and marketing, operations, technology, legal and people and service teams.
Before that he was general manager of TV operations and group program manager for Fox8, Arena and Bio.
In 2010 he was the Sydney executive in charge of the coverage of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, which entailed six channels simulcast in HD and SD.