Peter Costello resigns from Nine board
Peter Costello

Peter Costello resigns from Nine board

Peter Costello resigns from Nine board – Nine Entertainment Co. (ASX: NEC) today announces Peter Costello AC has resigned as chairman and will also step down from the Board effective immediately.

Catherine West has been appointed Chair of NEC. Last year the Board engaged a search firm to identify potential new directors as part of renewal and succession plans. The Board’s Nominations Committee will take this process forward.

The Board wishes to thank Mr Costello for his contribution to Nine over more than a decade including eight years as chairman. Mr Costello played a key role in Nine milestones such as its successful re-listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2013, securing the landmark News Media Bargaining Code and the transformative merger with Fairfax Media.

Mr Costello said,

“I thank the Board for their support over the last decade and particularly during the events of the last few weeks. I wish the Board, the employees and the Company well.

There are enormous challenges ahead but I believe Nine is the best placed Australian media company to weather them and prosper.”

Ms West said:

“On behalf of the Board I want to thank Peter for his dedication and commitment to Nine. Peter has led the transformation of Nine from a free to air network to a fully integrated media company with traditional and digital media assets across television, streaming publishing, audio and marketplaces.

As Chairman, he has always put the needs of the company first and his decision to stand down and pass on the baton of leading Nine at this time is in line with that approach.”

Ms West has worked in the media and entertainment industry for over 30 years in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia and brings extensive experience and a proven track record to the role of Chair.

Ms West said

“The Board knows that the events of recent weeks have been extremely difficult and de-stabilising for our employees and other stakeholders and we are committed to ensuring, through our cultural review and other actions announced last week, that issues will be appropriately addressed.”

“The Board and management are united in focusing on the well-being of our people in all parts of our business.

At Nine, we do work that has an important value to the community and the Board and management acknowledge their responsibility to ensure all parts of business, including our newsrooms, feel supported. We want to ensure our people can feel proud of our company and colleagues and the work they do.”

As a consequence of Mr Costello’s resignation and Ms West’s appointment as Chair, Mickie Rosen has been appointed to the Audit & Risk Committee and Mandy Pattinson will become the Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee.

The Board recognises action and accountability are required to maintain trust. The Board and management are united in focusing on the well-being of our people in all parts of the business.

This announcement was authorised for lodgment by the Board of Directors of Nine

Statement from Peter Costello

After nearly eleven years on the Board of Nine Entertainment Company (NEC) and more than eight years as Chair, I had flagged retiring from the Board some time after the July Olympics and by the AGM in November at latest. Last year, the Company retained a Search Firm to identify new Directors. The work is well advanced.

I have today informed the Board of NEC that I will pull forward that timing, stand down as Chair and resign as a Director.

The Deputy Chair-Catherine West has been working with the Search Firm and is well placed to Chair the company and conclude the process of refreshing the Board.

The Board has been supportive through the events of the last month and last few days in particular. But going forward I think they need a new Chair to unite them around a fresh vision and someone with the energy to lead to that vision for the next decade.

The new Chair will require full support from all Directors as this is an industry where there is fierce rivalry.

I do not rate the attacks of a commercial rival. The threat to this industry comes externally from Trillion Dollar technology companies that are competing for its business. To stand still or hope to continue to do things as they always have been done is not an option.

Since I have been asked many times, I would like the place a few facts on the record..

Mr Sneesby has always had my full support as CEO.

The Company has set up a robust process to investigate historical complaints which has my full support. I believe it will get to the bottom of any unknown issues.

I joined NEC in 2013 when it was in the hands of distressed credit funds who brought me in to help with capital reconstruction and listing on the ASX which we achieved in 2013.

At that time 9 was a three station East Coast Free to Air Television Network.

Since then:

  • We made Nine a truly national FTA network by acquiring stations in Adelaide and
  • We established STAN the most successful Australian subscription streaming service
    which runs at a profit;
  • We acquired a publication division with Mastheads including The SMH, The Age, The
  • We acquired full ownership of a national talk radio network;
  • We acquired a majority interest in Domain

I wish the Board, the employees and the Company well. There are enormous challenges ahead but I believe NEC is the best placed Australian Media Company to weather them and prosper.

Note to journalists: I will not be doing any interviews or commenting further on any issues
this weekend so no need to maintain vigil outside my home.

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