Discovery Inc appoints Africa commercial director
Discovery Inc has appointed Clare O’Neil as its commercial director for Discovery in Africa. Her focus will be on driving commercial growth for the company’s eight TV brands in the region: Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Food Network, ID, Discovery Family, Travel Channel and Real Time.
“We are investing in local expertise with this appointment and view it as a firm statement of intent and commitment and an important step forward in bringing the right balance between local and global, while unlocking opportunities beyond the traditional broadcast scope,” says Amanda Turnbull, Discovery Inc GM Middle East & Africa.
O’Neil started her career at the Argus Group and had many roles at M-Net during the 1990s, one of them being as part of the team which established Oracle Airtime Sales. Her experience also includes roles at e.tv, as commercial sales director, and at the SABC, where she was GM of television sales and served on the SABC board as a non-executive director, 2010–2013. In 2014, she helped set up the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) and was its CEO 2015–2018.
Adds Turnbull, “With the addition of Clare, our Johannesburg team bring deep broadcasting and media expertise and I look forward to extending our business footprint within Africa through valuable partnerships in the free-to-air and digital space via collaboration and aggregation. This could mean using a broadcaster’s expertise and heritage or building an audience in a new area by collaborating with a partner and using their platform to bring content to life and package it in new and creative ways.”