Laurie Patton (Australian executive)

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Laurie Patton is an Australian public interest advocacy and communications practitioner, former journalist and media executive, and blogger at


Following university studies Patton became an advisor and speech writer for NSW Attorney-General and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Frank Walker.[1][2]

He subsequently began a 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

Patton is currently active in the nonprofit sector, having been the founding CEO of community station Television Sydney,[7] executive director of Internet Australia[8][9] and CEO of the Australian Smart Communities Association.[9]

As the inaugural chief executive of free-to-air community station TVS (Television Sydney)[10][11] Patton co-founded the Australian Community Television Alliance.[12][13][14] He was subsequently appointed a member of a review of the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector for the Australian Government.[15][16]

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.[17][18][19][20][21][22] 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[23][24], Internet security, and national broadband policy.[25]


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  5. ^ "In brief: ISOC-AU appoints CEO". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  6. ^ "FTO Annual Report 2001/2002" (PDF). New South Wales Film and Television Office. p. 6.
  7. ^ "Turning pro - TV & Radio - Entertainment". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
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  9. ^ a b "Roll of Honour - Directors and Staff - Internet Australia - A Chapter of the Internet Society". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  10. ^ Browne, Rachel (20 November 2005). "Getting with the program". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  11. ^ Jinman, Richard (21 November 2005). "Turning pro". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. ^ 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..."
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  15. ^ [1] Archived 7 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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  18. ^ Staff (16 November 2006). "Seven-Ten look local". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  19. ^ Jackson, Sally (12 July 2010). "Former senior bureaucrat to head review of indigenous media". The Australian / Australian Business Review. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  20. ^ Hinds, Richard (8 December 2006). "Foxtel refuses to play ball in rights impasse". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  21. ^ Jackson, Sally (9 November 2009). "$2.6m boost may put end to NITV's experiment". The Australian. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  22. ^ Brandis, George (20 February 2015). "Coalition pledges $18m to combat extremist websites and social media". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  23. ^ Andrew Masterson, 25 February 2015, Sydney Morning Herald, Lawyers, laymen, experts stumped by metadata proposals, Retrieved 27 June 2015
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "Subscribe to The Australian - Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". Retrieved 1 June 2018.

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