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 TheLuckyGeneral.biz
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.
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.
Patton is currently active in the nonprofit sector, having been the founding CEO of community station Television Sydney, executive director of Internet Australia and CEO of the Australian Smart Communities Association.
As the inaugural chief executive of free-to-air community station TVS (Television Sydney) Patton co-founded the Australian Community Television Alliance. He was subsequently appointed a member of a review of the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector for the Australian Government.
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. 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, Internet security, and national broadband policy.
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