Long-time Southern Cross Broadcasting boss Tony Bell's five-month absence from the media sector is over after he accepted a directorship with Macquarie Media Group - the company that effectively put him out of a job.
Mr Bell retired last November after 14 years as managing director of Southern Cross after the company was taken over by Macquarie Media. Macquarie Media subsequently sold Southern Cross' metropolitan radio and television production divisions to Fairfax Media, owner of this website.
The 54-year-old has been appointed to replace former Howard Government minister Larry Anthony as a non-executive director of both Macquarie Media Holdings and Macquarie Media Management.
Macquarie Media executive chairman Max Moore-Wilton said: ''As a result of his more than 30 years experience in the Australian media industry, Mr Bell will bring unparalleled knowledge and experience of both television and radio in Australia.''