One of the UK's longest serving London-based multichannel TV executives,
Bird has been with Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting System
since 1994. According to the media reports, Louise Sams the current
TBS's general counsel, will replace Bird. Sams will continue to
work out of the broadcaster's Atlanta HQ in the US.
Bird began his broadcasting career in 1985; working for Piccadilly
Radio in Manchester. After working on satellite broadcaster BSB's
music channel The Power Station, he joined the That's Life production
team in 1989 and later, in 1991, hooked up with Chris Evans to set
up Big & Good Productions. He joined TBS nine years ago as general
manager of Turner Entertainment Networks and was promoted to co-managing
director of TBS Europe in 1997. He took up his current job in March
According to TBS chairman and chief executive Philip Kent, "Andy
has done a great job running TBS International, particularly in
developing a management team of extraordinary skill, depth and stability.
We all wish him continued success."
"Louise has been directly involved in our international business
for more than seven years, contributing to strategy, policy and
operating decisions in scope far beyond her capacity as our company's
chief legal adviser. Her appointment will bring greater visibility
to TBS International business issues at our Atlanta headquarters,
while preserving our successful operating model of empowered local
and regional management and day to day decision making," he added.
The media reports also indicate that TBS International's three
regional managing directors - Richards in Europe, Juan-Carlos Urdaneta
in Latin America and Steve Marcopoto in Asia will now report to