News Corp has announced that Australian News Channel CEO and managing editor Angelos Frangopoulos is moving into a new executive leadership opportunity with Sky News Arabia.
Frangopoulos has been appointed to the new role as CEO and managing editor of Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, a joint venture between ADMIC and UK-based Sky Plc.
Sky News Arabia is a multi-platform news organisation that delivers Arabic-language news on a free-to-air news channel, website and mobile devices.
It is broadcast to 50 million households and employs more than 500 staff across the Middle East, London and Washington.
Frangopoulos has led Sky News Australia, owned and operated by Australian News Channel (a News Corp company) since 2000, and prior to this, worked as a senior producer with Sky UK in London.
News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller congratulated Frangopoulos on his new appointment, and thanked him for his significant achievements and leadership of the Sky News business in Australia.
“Under Angelos’ stewardship, Sky News has become the country’s most dynamic 24/7 news channel, delivering its highest ever ratings in the first six months of 2018, while ANC has grown from one channel to 11, to become the leading provider of multi-channel and multi-platform television news services,” Miller said.
“Angelos is one of Australian media’s most respected and admired leaders whose contribution both to journalism, and the wider community, has been outstanding.
“His commitment to all aspects of journalism – from education and training, to talent development and creating world-class quality news and business reporting – is unrivalled. This international role recognises the great job he has done here and we are thrilled for him.”
Commenting on his new role, Frangopoulos said: “The best 18 years of my career to date have been spent leading this business, so the decision to move on was not an easy one.
“I’m so proud of what we have achieved and look forward to continuing to be inspired from afar by the passion and dedication of the Sky News Australia team. My thanks to News Corp Australia for the support, leadership and faith they have given me, and my team.”
Sky Plc. group chief operating officer and board member of Sky News Arabia, Andrew Griffith, said: “We are delighted to welcome Angelos who has taken on this new opportunity at Sky News Arabia.
“His extensive and successful track record and innovative leadership skills are pivotal to SNA’s future growth trajectory that includes plans to expand its operations and step up production, with the aim of becoming the most widespread and influential Arab news platform, and providing information to the Arab public with the utmost accuracy.”
News Corp Australia’s group director of broadcasting, Siobhan McKenna, said: “Angelos’ passion for journalism has seen him build one of the most respected and trusted news brands in Australia.
“His legacy here is a team of the country’s best reporting and commentary talent, and a business well positioned to realise future growth.”
News Corp has begun a national and international recruitment search to replace Frangopoulos.