Former IBM boss set to lead Convergence Review

Former IBM boss set to lead Convergence Review

Boreham set to be one of three independent experts who provide advice to Government on the future of media regulation

Former IBM Australia managing director, Glenn Boreham, has been appointed as chair of the Convergence Review Committee by Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.

According to a statement, Conroy said Boreham has had substantial experience working with Government and would steer the committee through the “complex issues” it faced.

“Mr Boreham brings considerable knowledge and experience in technology and communications,” he said.

Glenn Boreham departed IBM in January 2011 citing personal reasons. At the time, IBM claimed Boreham wanted more time with his family and to face new challenges.

During Boreham’s time at IBM, the tech giant launched a global R&D centre in Melbourne, the opening of which was attended by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and then Victorian Premier, John Brumby.

The Convergence Review Committee is designed to advise the Government on how to regulate old and new media. Its final terms of reference was released on Wednesday.

Its review could include licensing and licence fees, children's and local content obligations, protection of community standards and broadcast classifications, accuracy and impartiality of news reporting, advertising standards, internet content, media ownership and control regulations, and the protection of consumer rights and interests.

Boreham and long-time broadcast board member, Malcolm Long, have been announced as two of the three people on the review committee. Conroy’s statement claimed a third person would be “announced shortly”.

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Tags Senator Stephen ConroyCommunications MinisterConvergence Review CommitteeMalcolm LongGlenn Boreham

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