Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) chairman, Chris Chapman, has had his position renewed by Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.
“Mr Chapman has chaired ACMA since 27 February 2006 and is well regarded for his leadership. Under his continuing leadership, the ACMA will be well placed to support the transition to the emerging digital economy,” Conroy said in a statement.
But ACMA deputy chair, Chris Cheah, has left the position after 18 months and will be replaced by former company secretary for Unwired, Richard Bean.
“He will bring valuable legal experience in both the telecommunications and broadcasting industries,” Conroy claimed.
Telecommunications expert and Emeritus Professor, Reg Coutts, has also been appointed as an ACMA board member. He served on the expert panel that rejected the NBN tender bids from private companies.
“Professor Coutts has a strong background and experience in telecommunications policy and regulatory practice and expertise within the communications industry,” Conroy said. “He is an experienced board member in the private sector and is also the Chair of the Telecommunications Society of Australia.
Louise Benjamin and Hugh Marks have broadcasting experience and will join Coutts as part-time ACMA member.