New man sitting in Ten’s big chair

KERRY Kingston has been appointed general manager at Ten Perth more than six months after an announcement that general manager Kel Robards was moving east.

Mr Kingston is currently the managing director of the WIN Network, the largest regional television network in Australia.

It’s a big move for Mr Kingston to set up a new home in Perth, but it also represents a shift from regional television into the big-time world of metropolitan broadcasting.

“Obviously it’s a big move for me and my family … and every market is always different,” Mr Kingston said.

The Ten Network is looking forward to a busy year, with both the AFL and the second series of the hugely popular Big Brother on the books.

Mr Kingston plans to bring a strong sales and marketing edge to Ten Perth and build on the strong local community focus.

“We’re looking towards a good year I think the major aim is to increase the profile in sales and the community,” Mr Kingston said.

Ten Network reported a full year net profit after tax of $17.8 million for the period ending August 31, down 71 per cent on the previous year.

The Olympics, significant costs involved with converting to digital broadcasting and a slump in the advertising industry were identified as key factors in the disappointing result.

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