EMI Music Australia managing director John O'Donnell has been appointed chairman of collecting society the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.

EMI Music Australia managing director John O'Donnell has been appointed chairman of collecting society the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.

O'Donnell's tenure is for a year, and is immediately effective. He replaces former Warner Music Australia chairman Shaun James, who left the music industry in August.

Set up in 1969 by an alliance of major record companies, Sydney-based PPCA collects licence fees to the value of about A$6 million ($4.6 million) each year for the public performance and broadcasts of sound recordings and music videos. It remains a non-profit organization.

In a statement, O'Donnell says PPCA will continue its focus on "seeking removal of the cap on broadcast licence fees paid by commercial radio which unfairly limit broadcast earnings of both recording artists and record companies."

The PPCA claims it receives less than 1% of the radio sector's gross earnings. It collects only A$40,000 ($32,000) from TV networks each year, whereas the Australasian Performing Right Assn. -- which is responsible for collecting the fee for the musical work -- collects A$25 million ($19.5 million).

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