David Gyngell


David Gyngell

Channel Nine chief David Gyngell and wife and reporter Leila McKinnon


David Gyngell (b. 1966) is the C.E.O of Australian commercial broadcasting network Channel Nine.

He is currently serving his second stint as C.E.O after resigning from the job in May 2005. After a period of declining ratings compared to Channel Seven, He returned to the job in October 2007.

Gyngell is the son of Australian television pioneer Bruce Gyngell, the Godson of Kerry Packer, the best man of James Packer and the husband of Leila McKinnon. (Credit: Wikipedia).

 

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Strong local content, by John elder and Tom Reilly - 5th October 2008
(The Sunday Age)


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Gyngell gets another Nine life, by Amanda Meade - 26th September 2007
(Credit: The Australian)

James Packer's best friend and best man, David Gyngell, will rejoin the Nine Network as chief executive next month - two years after quitting what he described as an "untenable" position.

Mr Gyngell has been lured back to Nine from his job in the US by PBL Media chief executive Ian Law, after months of negotiations that began when the two caught up with each other at Mr Packer's wedding in the south of France in June.

Nine executive director Jeff Browne will remain at the network, but will report to Mr Gyngell and will relocate to Melbourne, where he will take on the role of managing director of GTV 9 as well.

The Australian understands the PBL Media board has promised MrGyngell a free hand to run the network without the interference he faced under the previous management structure at Nine.

"I am under no illusion as to the magnitude of the task, because our opposition at Seven are very good at what they do," Mr Gyngell told The Australian yesterday. "But I'm coming back to win. You can't be in this game if you aren't in it to win. It will take time, but my aim is to take Nine back to its former pre-eminence."

It will be Mr Gyngell's second term as chief executive, having been appointed by the late Kerry Packer in 2004. But less than a year into the job he quit in April 2005, citing constant meddling from PBL management. Former Nine chief Sam Chisholm and then Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd chief executive John Alexander were the main problem.

"I reached the determination that I was simply not prepared to allow my position to be rendered untenable by what I regard as increasingly unhelpful and multi-layered management systems developing between Nine and PBL," he said at the time. "Without the absolutely and unmistakably clear mandate required by all CEOs to properly run any major business, I believed it was in my best interests to move on."

At the time, Nine was wholly owned by the publicly listed PBL, which was controlled by the Packer family's private company, creating several layers of management.
PBL has since sold 75 per cent of its stake in PBL Media, the owner of Nine, to the private equity firm CVC Asia Pacific.

Nine has endured serious management turmoil, with Mr Gyngell the latest in a string of recent chief executives, including entertainer and businessman Eddie McGuire, who stepped down in May after just 15 months. Its internal ructions have helped Seven beat it in the ratings.

Mr Gyngell believes he can manage Nine properly now that it has been restructured. In January last year, Mr Gyngell flew to Los Angeles as head of British television giant Granada's US operations.

Mr Gyngell was a popular boss. When he quit Nine, personalities appeared on screen dressed in black, including Tracy Grimshaw, Mr Gyngell's wife and Today newsreader Leila McKinnon, weatherman Steve Jacobs, Sunday host Ray Martin and reporters Kellie Connolly and Christine Spiteri.

Mr Law said in a statement that the appointment was a critical step in the continuing process of accelerating Nine to a position of market leadership.

In a statement, Mr Gyngell said: "This network has been my passion. Everyone who knows me knows that. In the last few years, my time running Granada Television in North America has broadened my experience and made me a better television executive.

"It is a great time to return home to Nine."

 

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