Meridian TV hunts down a corporate affairs head

Meridian Broadcasting, the ITV franchise-holder for the South and South East, is seeking to fill the new post of corporate and commercial affairs controller.

Meridian Broadcasting, the ITV franchise-holder for the South and

South East, is seeking to fill the new post of corporate and commercial

affairs controller.



The position will combine the existing press and PR responsibilities of

public affairs head John Morrell, due to retire in April, with a new

marketing role designed to maximise the commercial opportunities

available to Meridian.



The corporate chief will report to Meridian managing director Mary

McAnally and oversee the company’s relations with the press, viewers and

community organisations in the Meridian region, currently handled by a

12-strong team under Morrell.



In addition, the post will market Meridian’s production facilities,

in-house design unit, Meridian Business TV - which makes corporate

videos - and the company’s internet activities. Marketing was previously

handled on an ad hoc basis by different departments within Meridian.



Senior press officer Alison Pope said: ’All the responsibilities deal

with outside bodies - the press, the public, or the commercial world.’

She added that the company had not yet decided whether the restructure

would require new staff.



Meridian is based in Southampton and is owned by United News and

Media.



It was awarded the ITV franchise for the South and South East almost six

years ago.



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