The Week: People news - Freesat appoints Fairbairn

Freesat, the newly launched free-to-air digital satellite TV service, has appointed ITV's director of group development and strategy, Carolyn Fairbairn, as its new chairman.

Fairbairn joined ITV as its director of group development and strategy in March 2007. She has also worked at the BBC as the director of strategy and distribution, and was one of the principal architects of Freeview. The Freesat chairman, Tim Davie, is to stand down in September, following his recent appointment as the BBC's director of audio and music.

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