Fairfax Media editorial boss Paul Thompson has been appointed the chief executive and editor-in-chief of Radio New Zealand.
Thompson replaces Peter Cavanagh who has been CEO of the national broadcaster for the last decade.
Cavanagh, an Australian, announced in January that he would not be seeking to extend his term. Thompson will take over toward the end of the year. In RNZ’s annual report for 2011/2012 Cavanagh’s remuneration was in the $340,000-$350,000 range.
In his role as group executive editor of Fairfax Media Thompson has oversight of the country’s biggest stable of daily and Sunday newspapers, the news website Stuff and a range of specialist magazines.
He is a former award winning editor of the Christchurch Press and the Nelson Mail.
RNZ Board chairman, Richard Griffin, said Thompson was a widely respected and experienced media executive with a track record of achievement and successful leadership.
“The Board was encouraged by the quality of applicants who responded to the request for expressions of interest in the position.
“The process of selection was thorough and competitive and we are sure we have now appointed a CEO who is ideally versed in the concepts of editorial integrity and executive management.”
Thompson said he was privileged to be chosen to lead such a respected and influential organisation.