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The perception is that traditional broadcasters, particularly those in the commercial sector, have struggled to find their foothold in the digital world. But then big events as diverse as the Rio Olympic Games, South Australia’s recent electricity blackout and SBS’ cross platform Deep Water programming clearly demonstrate how they are unleashing their digital power.

This month’s TV Talks meets three of the television industry’s biggest players in the multi-platform world to find out how the old world is tackling the new world - and what it means for program makers, consumers and advertisers alike.

  • Liz Baldwin [General Manager, Digital, Network Ten]
  • Clive Dickens [Chief Digital Officer, Seven West Media]
  • Ben Naparstek [Head of Editorial, Online and Emerging Platforms, SBS]
  • Denise Eriksen [MC]
Guest bios:

Liz Baldwin was appointed as Network Ten General Manager, Digital, in February 2016 where she is responsible for the company’s digital media business – including the industry-leading online catch-up and streaming service tenplay.

Liz was previously Network Ten’s Digital Executive Producer, a title she took on March 2015.

Before she joined Network Ten, Liz was Head of Content and Brand Integration at Nine Entertainment Co. Her resume also includes the positions of Director of Consumer and Digital Strategy at Shine Australia (now Endemol Shine Australia), Head of Digital at News Magazines (now News Life Media) and Consumer Marketing Manager, Australia and New Zealand, at Dell Computer.

Clive Dickens joined Seven West Media (ASX:SWM) in 2015 as the Chief Digital Officer for Seven West Media and as a non-Executive Director at Yahoo 7. He oversees all strategic and operational aspects of Seven West Media’s digital content and digital revenue activities.

Clive’s career to date has been a unique Digital/Broadcast media hybrid – never very far from Broadcast Content nor from a Digital team and boasts over 30 years’ experience, which has taken him from New York to Los Angeles, Mumbai to Johannesburg, Budapest to Berlin and London to now Australia. Clive’s first digital role was in 1995 with the multi award winning team at Capital Interactive part of then one of the largest Broadcasters in the UK.

Clive was also an advisor to the founders of the world leading mobile company Shazam used by more than 700 million people in over 60 countries and was recently valued at $1bn. Since Shazam, Clive has also advised a number of other successful digital start-ups, helping them achieve growth, maturity, IPO or exit.

In 2008 Clive co-founded Absolute Radio for the Times of India - the World’s largest English language newspaper publisher as COO. Absolute Radio has a world leading reputation for Digital, Social, Mobile innovation with more than 77% of its audience via a digital platform. Absolute Radio pioneered the new 'In-Stream' premium marketing platform. Clive was also a Founding Director of UK Radio Player Ltd, a joint venture between UK Broadcasters and the BBC that is used each month by 6m users to simplify discovery of live Broadcast Content.

In April 2013 he relocated from the UK to Australia to take the reigns as Director of Digital and Innovation at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), overseeing strategic and operational aspects of the company's diverse and multifaceted digital content and free-to-air television platform. During the 20 months Clive was at SCA, his digital team achieved a 700% increase in digital traffic, which in turn drove 50 % increase in digital revenue and EBITDA by over 90%.

Clive is one of the Founder Directors of Code Club - a not for profit after-school coding club for Australian primary school children funded in part by a grant from the Telstra Foundation.

Ben Naparstek is currently Head of Editorial for Online & Emerging Platforms at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). He was previously Editor of Good Weekend magazine for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and Editor of national current affairs magazine The Monthly. At SBS Ben leads the overall strategy for the SBS Online network, including World News Australia, Food, Science, Life, PopAsia, Comedy, Movies, The World Game, Cycling Central, TV Guide, Sexuality, and National Indigenous Television online. He also manages the innovation unit Digital Creative Labs (focusing on social television, data-visualisation, and virtual reality), multimedia team Online Documentaries, and the Social Content Team devoted to viral storytelling and OTT video.

He's been a contributor to the Financial Times and the collection of his journalism, In Conversation, was published in three languages. He's served academic fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, co-edited a book of cultural theory for Duke University Press, and on a Churchill Fellowship in the US researched new funding models for public service journalism. He’s also a Non-Executive Director of yourtown (Kids Helpline), Australia’s largest charity devoted to supporting disadvantaged young people.

Denise Eriksen has made programs for every Australian network and was most recently running two new arts shows as an Executive Producer with Foxtel.  She held senior television management roles in Australia for seven years - as Head, Factual at ABC TV, Head of Production and Development at SBS and Head of Current Affairs at ABC News. Currently, much of her work involves watching TV - on all platforms - so she can talk with authority as a panelist on RN’s TV Club, write for The New Daily and MC sessions for AFTRS.  She’s also a production gun for hire on projects which need her expertise and is on the board of the AIDC.

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