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Berkett, who has been a member of the GMG board since Novembersucceeds Dame Amelia Fawcett, who retires later this year after more than four years as chair. Berkett brings more than 25 years' experience at customer-facing companies, including ntl, Virgin Media's predecessor, which he joined as chief operating officer in September Fawcett, previously vice-chair of Morgan Stanley's European operations, joined the GMG board in as an independent and was appointed chair in April She has presided over the board during a challenging period for the publishing business, which has seen a series of cost-cutting initiatives and restructures following wider change within the media landscape.
A social occasion in August was the starting point for a six-month courtship that was to lead to the acquisition of Virgin Media by Liberty Global. The possibility of a merger between Virgin and Liberty was discussed, but did not go so far as to reach financial terms. The next day Mooney reported the conversation to the Virgin Media board and a financial prospectus was drawn up.
Virgin Media chief Neil Birkett says networks hide download sloth. The pugnacious New Zealander is looking to stamp out what he believes are exaggerated claims by rivals for their broadband speeds. The problem lies in the fact broadband speeds diminish the further digital information goes along a wire.
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THE new boss of the Virgin Media cable firm is a pugnacious New Zealander with a sheep-shearing handshake, gimlet eyes, and a scar just clotting beneath his s fringe. Berkett has helmed the ship since Virgin Media's last boss, the American Steve Burch, suddenly jumped overboard last August. He was confirmed chief executive only eight weeks ago, after a long period as acting chief. Perhaps it's not surprising that he looks a little beaten up.
Where mobile phone operators feared — or, more correctly — failed to tread, Neil Berkett has strode in. There will be coverage in ticket halls, escalators and platforms but smartphone users will still lose connection between stations. There was a time when Virgin and its predecessor cable companies, NTL and Telewest, had little to shout about.
Virgin Media will move aggressively to attract more customers in the remainder of this year andaccording to chief executive Neil Berkett, having attracted relatively few new users in the second quarter compared with arch rival BSkyB. The cable company has been focusing on retaining its profitable existing customers and persuading them to take more of its services, which helped Virgin Media produce a better-than-expected set of financial results for the three months to end June despite the disappointing customer additions. Virgin Media now has