Chapman continues in ACMA directorship

Coutts awarded with part-time role at industry watchdog, aims to "help it do better"

Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced the reappointment of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) chairman, Chris Chapman.

Chapman, who has chaired the industry watchdog since early 2006, will continue on the role for the immediate future. The length of the contract was not disclosed.

"Under his continuing leadership, the ACMA will be well placed to support the transition to the emerging digital economy,” Conroy said in a statement

Along with Chapman's reinstatement, Conroy announced the replacement of former deputy chairman, Chris Cheah, with Richard Bean, who brings legal experience in both the telecommunications and broadcasting industries to the role.

Bean has also held roles as general counsel to Unwired from 2003 to 2010, and networks business manager for Network Ten prior.

Industry experts Reg Coutts, Louise Benjamin and Hugh Marks have also been appointed part-time authority members of the ACMA.

Coutts, who sat on the NBN Mark I committee, also holds roles as chair of the Telecommunications Society of Australia (TSA), as well as chairman of the South Australian board of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Coutts was unwilling to comment on his role to Computerworld Australia, saying it was “too early in the piece” to share what he was hoping to achieve in the role with the regulatory body, but said he aimed to "help it do better".

Louise Benjamin comes to the part-time role along with her position as deputy chair of the Australian Publishers' Bureau.

Hugh Marks has worked as a director of Nine Films and Television and as chief executive of the Southern Star Group.

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