Sky News Arabia has announced its second senior appointment in a matter of days with Angelos Frangopoulos poised to join as CEO and managing editor.
In his new role, Frangopoulos will be responsible for the company's global programming operations for all its broadcast, digital and radio platforms. Sky News Arabia, a 24 hour Arabic language news channel based in Abu Dhabi, is a joint venture between Sky and ADMIC.
Sky News Arabia is broadcast to 50 million households and employs more than 500 staff across the Middle East, London and Washington.
Frangopoulos, who will join the company later this year, was previously CEO and managing editor of Australian News Channel (ANC).
Under his leadership, ANC has seen dramatic growth developing from a single channel in 2000 into a 11 channel organisation and is the leading provider of 24-hour multi-channel, multi-platform news services in Australia operating Sky News Live, Sky News Business, Sky News Weather, Sky News Extra, SkyNews.com.au, FOX SPORTS News, Sky News New Zealand and the Australia Channel OTT service for international markets.
His move follows the appointment of new head of news, Hani Abu Ayyash who will manage all content production on Sky News Arabia’s TV, website and social media platforms, as well as Sky News radio broadcasting via internet and shortwave.
Frangopoulos said: “I'm very much looking forward to working with the joint venture partners to grow the company's journalism and business activities across the region and internationally.
“Digital innovation is critical to the global growth of any media business, especially so in a region where younger and highly technologically literate audiences are the key demographic,” he added.
Prior to joining ANC, Frangopoulos held positions at Nine Network Australia and later at Sky News in London. He began his journalism career at Prime Television Orange and Canberra.