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Kordia boosts media and broadcast division

By  Media Release,
 6 February 2018


Company adopts new model as it shifts focus to embrace future technologies


Kordia New Zealand, a leading provider of mission-critical technology solutions, has initiated a revamp of its media and broadcast division, including its leadership, as the company seeks to maximise on growing opportunities in the media space.


Kordia Group CEO, Scott Bartlett, says the renewed focus will ensure the company is well placed to fully embrace the digital change that is sweeping the media landscape globally.


“We’re seeing the emergence of new technologies and platforms and embracing these is central to our vision for our media division; and the growth of our business.


“The domestic broadcasting market is going through a period of change – this change is a good thing for New Zealand as we’re now seeing a layering of new services in the market. We’re particularly excited to see the emergence of new players such as Choice TV and look forward to the arrival of Radio NZ Plus; and what this new service will mean for vibrancy of the broadcasting industry," says Bartlett.


As part of its renewed focus, Kordia plans to invest in a range of new technology, including Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) and next-generation Cloud for Digital Playout – something the company hopes will have a positive impact on the New Zealand media eco-system by making it easier for local content creators to share and distribute content.


“Historically, we’ve been known as the company that runs and operates the only transmission service to New Zealand. The last five years have put an end to that old business model and just like any other business, we’re looking to the future. Kordia’s media division is underway with a transformation that will embrace new digital platforms that enable multi-platform and multi-cast transmission; and that ultimately give New Zealanders more choice,” adds Bartlett.


To help drive its renewed focus, Kordia has initiated several key appointments. This includes the appointment of seasoned industry expert Dean Brain to the newly created role of Head of Media. Dean brings with him more than 35 years of broadcast experience and was previously Head of Content Services at Kordia for 12 years.


Dean has been specifically tasked with growing Kordia’s offering and technology capability; and assisting both new and existing customers with the adoption of new services that will help their businesses thrive.


Under the new model, Kordia’s existing Content Services division will be renamed Kordia Mobile Media, better reflecting the company’s expanding offering in transmission, linking, data & connectivity, web-streaming services and more.


Other key changes include the appointment of Mark Johnston to the role of Media Sales Manager. Shane Clements takes on the role of Operations Manager, while Audrey Campbell will assume the role of Business Development Executive based out of Kordia’s Auckland office.


Head of Media Dean Brain adds “we’re investing in world-class platforms and world-class talent to drive our revised strategy. This talented team are the right mix of industry veterans and digital disrupters.”


Kordia is a key provider of radio and broadcast solutions to most of New Zealand’s major broadcasters. The company is also responsible for managing and broadcasting Parliament TV services and its Mobile Media team is regularly called upon by local and international broadcasters to beam footage of some of the biggest sporting events in the country to New Zealand and the world.