British authors rights group the MCPS-PRS Alliance has hired a senior broadcasting executive as the successor to outgoing group CEO John Hutchinson.

British authors rights group the MCPS-PRS Alliance has hired a senior broadcasting executive as the successor to outgoing group CEO John Hutchinson.

With effect from early February, Adam Singer will take up the role for both the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and the Performing Right Society.

A broadcasting industry veteran with extensive domestic and international experience, Singer has been recruited to replace Hutchinson who will retire at the end of 2005 after a decade at the helm.

In his new function as group CEO, Singer will be responsible for building and maintaining high-level relationships with members, licensees, international societies and industry partners. Steve Porter, who was elevated to managing director last November, will continue to run the alliance's business and operations.

During a career that began in the 1970s, Singer has launched or managed more than a dozen satellite TV channels. In April 2000, he was appointed CEO and a director of British cable firm Telewest Communications on its merger with TV programming company Flextech, where he had been chairman/CEO; he exited the merged company in July 2002. Prior to that, he was president/CEO of Liberty Media International, then known as Tele-Communications International Inc.

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