Tom Mockridge

Virgin Media boss Mockridge to chair RTS

Pay TV veteran Tom Mockridge will chair the Royal Television Society board of trustees, replacing the outgoing John Hardie. The RTS said it is also looking for a new president to replace former Endemol exec Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the helm. Mockridge currently runs Liberty Global’s UK cabler Virgin […]

Virgin Media could axe 900 jobs in restructure

Virgin Media has announced plans to change its operating structure in a move that could result in the loss of around 900 jobs in the UK over two years. The Liberty Global-owned operator would not comment on which specific areas of the business would be affected, and said it is currently entering a consultation period […]

Virgin Media study brands retrans fees ‘bad idea’

A study by Virgin Media found that 72% of people thought proposals to introduce pay TV retransmission fees to carry ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 would be a “bad idea”. Virgin Media, which stands to pay the fees should the government introduce new legislation, said that after “reading more” 73% of the people it […]

Sky confirms ‘Sky Europe’ merger

UK satcaster BSkyB has confirmed its takeover of European pay TV sister companies Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. The agreement with 21st Century Fox will hand Sky 57.4% of the Germany business and 100% of Sky Italia. Sky will pay £2.9 billion (US$4.93 billion) in cash for Sky Deutschland and £2.45 billion for Sky Italia […]

Mockridge says Virgin Media’s priority is broadband not TV

Virgin Media’s CEO Tom Mockridge said yesterday that the cable company’s emphasis is on providing a market leading broadband service over and above a selection of exclusive TV channels. Defending Virgin’s decision to not invest in its own content channels or original content, he said: “We carry a wider selection of channels than anyone else […]

Virgin Media’s digital entertainment head steps down

Virgin Media’s executive director of digital entertainment, Cindy Rose, is stepping down from the company following its recent buyout by Liberty Global. Rose, who joined the company in 2009, is thought to be mulling over opportunities in the wider Liberty Global organisation, though has decided to take time off to spend with her family. “Cindy’s […]

Liberty Global makes senior Virgin Media appointment

Liberty Global has named the managing director of UPC Netherlands, Robert Dunn, as Virgin Media’s next chief finance officer. The appointment is due to be made after Liberty completes its buyout of Virgin Media, which is due to happen by the end of the second quarter. Dunn will replace current Virgin CFO Eamonn O’Hare, who […]

Virgin Media hires ex-News Corp boss Tom Mockridge

Former News International CEO Tom Mockridge is set to take the CEO role at Virgin Media, replacing current boss Neil Berkett after the closing of Liberty Global’s buyout of the business. Mockridge, who spent more than two decades at News Corp before stepping down from its newspaper arm in December, will report to Liberty Global […]

Former European TV chief Mockridge to leave News Corp

Former Sky Italia and News Corp European television chief executive Tom Mockridge has resigned as CEO of News International, News Corp’s newspaper publishing arm, and will leave the company at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities. Mockridge, who became CEO at News International last year, had previously served as CEO of Australian […]