News July 28, 2020

Foxtel music channels boss Fraser Stark exits for MSO gig

Foxtel music channels boss Fraser Stark exits for MSO gig
Fraser Stark / Belinda Rolland © 2019

executive Fraser Stark will depart after twelve years to join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Stark most recently served as group general manager of the pay TV network’s entertainment and music channels, and also led teams across Factual Entertainment, Drama, Comedy.

The news comes shortly after Foxtel axed several long-running music channels CMC, [V] and MAX, as owner ViacomCBS opted to add a new collection of channels including MTV Hits, Club MTV, MTV Classic and CMT (Country Music Television).

“What a ride it has been,” reflected Stark. “I owe Brian Walsh and everyone at Foxtel a huge debt of thanks for entrusting me with such a wide and stimulating range of functions over the years.

“It is heartening to see how effectively the business is evolving in these ever-changing times, and I have no doubt that it will continue to deliver the best TV offering available to Australians.

Stark was recently executive producer for Fire Fight Australia and Screen with Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell, while he also worked on Smooth’s A Night with Michael Buble, CMC Rocks, Studio MAX, [V] Island Parties, the CMC Awards and more in his time at the company.

As previously mentioned, Stark has been tapped for a new position at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and will be tasked with reimagining its online video and audio offering and its distribution to new and established audiences.

“Even during the difficult impasse of Covid the allure of the MSO shimmers,” Stark added.

“Australia’s oldest Orchestra, that fine and venerable institution, has invited me to help realise the opportunity that lies online and I couldn’t be happier – nor receive a more welcome compliment than a gig like this. High times ahead.”

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