Announcing his appointment, the group managing director of Telstra Media, Rick Ellis - who worked with Kearley at TNVZ - said: "His role will be to maximise Telstra's pay TV and IPTV revenue and profits by sourcing content that our customers want and delivering it across our world leading networks."
According to his Linkedin profile Kearley has: "an outstanding track record in major media companies ... extensive experience of free to air and pay broadcasting and digital media companies, private as well as public ... is proficient in multiplatform content development and production, P&L management, operations, turnarounds, startups, business development, J/V's acquisitions and partnerships, policy and regulatory management and strategic planning [and] has launched or repositioned dozens of media ventures and been in charge of more than 30 markets."
Telstra said that Kearley had been selected from following a national and international recruitment campaign that had attracted almost 100 applicants.
He led TVNZ6, TVNZ7, TVNZU, TVNZ Sports Extra (FTA), TVNZ Heartland and TVNZ's Kidzone24 pay TV channel. He was also responsible for TVNZ On Demand, tvnz.co.nz, and was a director of TVNZ/Sky Television joint venture pay TV platform Igloo and several other partnerships.
Prior to joining TVNZ, he was vice president, European Feeds at MTV where he was responsible for the MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon brands and channels across 27 markets in mainland Europe and Africa.
He left MTV in 2004 when he was recruited by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to turn around his central London creative hub, The Hospital Club. A year later he joined TVNZ as GM digital services, a post he held until 2010 when he was made head of digital media, channels and licensing.
Before joining MTV he spent nine years with Swedish Television and Swedish National Radio.
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