Turner to restructure as Con Apostolopoulos returns to News Corporation

Turner Broadcasting logoTurner Broadcasting, the owner of CNN and Cartoon Network, is to restructure its operations in Asia with redundancies likely.

The restructure is part of a global rethink by international president Gerhart Zeiler, whose ambitions to revitalise the broadcaster a year since taking the job saw around 80 jobs cut in Europe, Middle East and Africa last September.

“Turner International Asia Pacific is currently looking at its structure and processes in the context of meeting a very aggressive growth plan in the region,” a company spokesman told Mumbrella in a statement.

Turner would not comment on whether jobs would go, saying: “We are not in a position to say how this will affect specific divisions within this organisation.”

The news comes as the head of sales at Turner’s entertainment division, Costa – better known as Con – Apostolopoulos, , moves to rival Fox, taking on the role of VP of regional ad sales for North Asia, Middle East, India, and Australia.

Con ApostolopoulosHe will be working for the One Stop Media division, Fox International Channels’ integrated sales arm, starting in June.

The move marks the end of more than four years for the Hong Kong-based Australian as senior director of Turner Media Solutions, running sales for the TV network’s entertainment, travel and children’s brands in India, Pakistan, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

It also marks a return to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for Apostolopoulos, who began his career as an ad sales executive at News Corp-owned The Australian newspaper in the late nineties, based in Melbourne.

Apostolopoulos moved to Asia at the beginning of 2009, after almost a decade moving up through the ranks at News Limited’s The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Australian Magazines.

A Turner spokesman said: “Con has been a valued and respected member of the Turner family and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”


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