Premiere loses veteran exec

Heads keep rolling at Premiere while new CEO Mark Williams is restructuring the troubled German pay-TV operator: Chief Programming Officer Hans Seger (pictured, left) has handed in his resignation after eight years at the broadcaster.

“The time is right to accept new challenges,” Seger said in Munich. Nicola Bamford, who is appointed as interim Senior Vice President Programming, takes over Seger’s responsibilities with immediate effect. Bamford comes from UK-based pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB, where she has been Director of Channels and Operations since 2004.

With this latest move, Williams continues his strategy of placing confidants into key positions at Premiere which previously worked for pay-TV subsidiaries of News Corp in other countries. The international media company is Premiere’s largest single shareholder.

After a long list of departures, Carsten Schmidt, Chief Sports & New Business Officer, remains as the only board member from the old management team.