Britain's Performing Right Society has appointed Andrew King as deputy chairman (publisher), with effect from Jan. 1, 2007. King, who is GM of Mute Song, will succeed Nigel Elderton in the PRS role fo

Britain's Performing Right Society has appointed Andrew King as deputy chairman (publisher), with effect from Jan. 1, 2007. King, who is GM of Mute Song, will succeed Nigel Elderton in the PRS role for a two-year period. Elderton is to step aside after completing his maximum allowable term.

In a statement, PRS chairman Ellis Rich commented, "Knowing Andrew as I do, I am quite sure that he will never ever be 'mute' during his tenure and I look forward to working with him."

Alongside Peter Jenner, King launched his music industry career in 1966 as an artist manager, handling the early career of Pink Floyd. The following year, he and Jenner formed management firm Blackhill Enterprises, which later added a music publishing division. King took the role as Mute Songs GM in 1992.

In recognition of his service to the industry, King was honored at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' 33rd annual Gold Badge Awards, held in central London on Oct. 25.