The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Deputy Chairman, Richard Bean, will take on the role of Acting Chairman, effective Saturday 27 February, while Full-time Authority Member James Cameron will become Acting Deputy Chair.
The changes, confirmed by the Minister for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield today, follow the retirement tomorrow of Chris Chapman at the conclusion of his 10-year tenure at the ACMA (consisting of two five-year appointments).
‘I am delighted to be leading an agency at the top of its game and want to thank Chris for his 10 years of outstanding leadership,’ said Richard Bean, who joined the ACMA in October 2010 for five years and was reappointed for a further two years in October 2015.
‘The ACMA is committed to acting in the public interest while remaining at the forefront of regulatory thought and practice in adapting to rapid change in almost all areas of our responsibilities,’ he said.
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Before joining the ACMA, Richard was general counsel at wireless broadband infrastructure owner and ISP, Unwired. Richard has previously held positions responsible for the legal and business affairs side of Network Ten's programming activities, and practiced as a commercial, media and litigation lawyer.
James Cameron was appointed as a Part-time Authority Member in August 2013 before being made a Full-time Member for three years in July 2015. James has over 20 years Australian Government public policy experience, including senior executive roles in the telecommunications, radiocommunications, broadcasting and digital economy fields.
Chris Chapman will be the next president of the International Institute of Communications, the London-based independent, policy forum for the converging telecommunications, media and technology industries. That appointment takes effect on 1 April 2016.