Laurie Patton (Australian executive)

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Laurie Patton is an Australian media, IT and events industry executive.[citation needed]


Patton began his career as a journalist — producing and reporting for each of the three Australian commercial television networks. He later held a range of senior executive positions at the Seven Network.[1]

He was a founding director of the subscription television industry association now called ASTRA, and the creator of pay TV channel World Movies — part of the Foxtel platform. He was Deputy-Chair of the NSW Film and Television Office (now Screen NSW) where he led the first delegation of filmmakers and production companies to the Shanghai International Film Festival.[2]

Patton is currently active in the nonprofit sector, having been the founding CEO of community station Television Sydney,[3] executive director of Internet Australia[4] and CEO of the Australian Smart Communities Association.[4]

As the inaugural chief executive of free-to-air community station TVS (Television Sydney)[5][6] Patton co-founded the Australian Community Television Alliance.[7] He was subsequently appointed a member of a review of the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector for the Australian Government.[8]

While chief executive officer of Internet Australia, a chapter of the global nonprofit Internet Society, his views on Internet and media policy issues were quoted in Australian media.[9][10][11][12][13] During his tenure, Internet Australia — which represents Internet users in the business, education, governmental and private sectors — advised government and industry on matters such as data retention[14][15], Internet security, and national broadband policy.[16]


  1. ^ "In brief: ISOC-AU appoints CEO". Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "FTO Annual Report 2001/2002" (PDF). New South Wales Film and Television Office. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Turning pro - TV & Radio - Entertainment". Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Roll of Honour - Directors and Staff - Internet Australia - A Chapter of the Internet Society". Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  5. ^ Browne, Rachel (20 November 2005). "Getting with the program". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Jinman, Richard (21 November 2005). "Turning pro". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Ari Sharp, 5 November 2009, The Age, Channel 31 to go digital, Retrieved 27 June 2015, "...The Melbourne station... granted new spectrum space ...Laurie Patton, secretary of the Australian Community Television Alliance..."
  8. ^ [1] Archived 7 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Staff (16 November 2006). "Seven-Ten look local". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Jackson, Sally (12 July 2010). "Former senior bureaucrat to head review of indigenous media". The Australian / Australian Business Review. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Hinds, Richard (8 December 2006). "Foxtel refuses to play ball in rights impasse". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Jackson, Sally (9 November 2009). "$2.6m boost may put end to NITV's experiment". The Australian. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Brandis, George (20 February 2015). "Coalition pledges $18m to combat extremist websites and social media". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Andrew Masterson, 25 February 2015, Sydney Morning Herald, Lawyers, laymen, experts stumped by metadata proposals, Retrieved 27 June 2015
  15. ^ Biggs, Tim (12 May 2015). "Internet prices likely to rise as government subsidy for metadata retention scheme revealed". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Subscribe to The Australian - Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". Retrieved 1 June 2018. 

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