Bulgaria’s Nova Broadcasting Group said on August 14 that it appointed Didier Stoessel as chief executive officer effective immediately.
He replaces Svetlana Vassileva, who was leaving the company. Vassileva has been at the helm of Nova Broadcasting Group – whose assets include free-to-air Nova TV along with cable channels Kino Nova, Nova Sport, Diema and Diema Family – since early 2011.
Nova Broadcasting Group is a subsidiary of Nordic Modern Times Group (MTG), whose TV1000, Viasat History, Viasat Nature and Viasat Explorer cable channels are also available in Bulgaria.
Stoessel was previously deputy chairperson of Nova Broadcasting board of directors, a position he took in 2009, when MTG merged its Bulgarian assets to create Nova Broadcasting Group.
Before that, he was chief executive and chairperson of Apace Media – the British company that in 2007 sold 50 per cent in its Eastern European operations,including Diema Group in Bulgaria, to MTG. Following the merger of MTG’s assets in Bulgaria, Apace still retains a five per cent stake in Nova Broadcasting Group.