EMI Music Australia's managing director John O'Donnell has been named chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia board for a third consecutive term.

EMI Music Australia's managing director John O'Donnell has been named chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia board for a third consecutive term. The appointment -- made at the royalty collecting society's board meeting last week -- is for a 12-month period.

"During 2006 PPCA will continue to push for the removal of the statutory cap on broadcast license fees paid by commercial radio which unfairly limits broadcast earnings for both recording artists and record companies," Sydney-based O'Donnell commented in a statement.

O'Donnell also said that he plans to raise the society's profile in the business and artist community through new promotional initiatives and partnerships. The PPCA is donating the $25,000 winner's cash for the Australian Music Prize, to be announced March 8 in Sydney.

The PPCA board is comprised of representatives from the four key record labels in Australia and three directors representing local recording artists. From the majors, O'Donnell is joined with George Ash, managing director of Universal Music Australia; Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia & NZ; and Ed St John, president & CEO of Warner Music Australasia.

Songwriters Lindy Morrison and Greg Macainsh and artist manager Bill Cullen, director of One Louder Management, have been appointed to represent artists. Meanwhile, Clive Hodson, head Of ABC Music, was appointed licensors representative director, a new position.

The PPCA was set up in 1969 to grant licenses on behalf of recording labels and artists for public performance and broadcast of sound recordings and music videos. For its last financial year, PPCA boasted a distributable surplus of more than A$10 million ($7.42 million), up 13.5% rise from the previous year.