SBS has appointed Ben Naparstek (pictured) as its new Head of Editorial, Online and Emerging Platforms. He joins the public broadcaster from Fairfax, where he was the editor of flagship weekend insert, Good Weekend.
As SBS’ Head of Editorial, Online and Emerging Platforms, Naparstek will be responsible for the overall editorial strategy for the SBS online network. Charged with commissioning and acquiring content, he will also oversee the development, production and publishing of content across the SBS websites, and will play a key role in SBS’ range of innovative cross-platform initiatives.
Marshall Heald, Director of TV and Online, said: “We’re thrilled to have Ben come on board in this important role as we continue to push the boundaries and explore new ways to bring SBS content to life online, and deliver on our Charter in new and innovative ways. Ben brings some impressive experience to the position, as well as a clear commitment to producing high quality content and finding new ways to engage with audiences in a competitive media landscape. We welcome him to the team.”
Naparstek said: “While I’m sad to leave Fairfax, I’m thrilled to be joining an organisation that’s at the cutting edge of digital innovation while serving the nation’s diverse communities with first-rate journalism. This is an exciting time for SBS, and I look forward to maximising the audience for the network, across different platforms and devices, by experimenting with new ways of telling and delivering great stories.”
Over his three and a half years at Good Weekend, Naparstek saw the title win multiple awards including three Walkleys, saw the average time readers spent with the magazine increase, and also launched the magazine as a digital brand. He will commence in the role on Monday, August 10.