Andrew Fitzgerald joins Hearst TV as chief digital content officer
Fitzgerald previously worked at Twitter as the company’s director, curation; before that helped to launch the social media show ‘The Stream’ for Al Jazeera English
NEW YORK, NY – March 24, 2017 – Andrew Fitzgerald is joining Hearst Television as chief digital content officer. In the newly created position, he will work with the digital teams at the Hearst Television stations to produce and distribute content on multiple digital platforms. Fitzgerald previously served for more than five years at Twitter, most recently as the company’s director, curation.
The announcement, effective April 10, was made today by Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television president, and Roger Keating, Hearst Television chief strategy and business development officer, to whom Fitzgerald will report.
“We are very excited to have someone of Andrew’s accomplished digital media background to lead the expansion of Hearst Television’s digital content,” Wertlieb said. “Andrew is a digital native executive and he will be an exceptional addition to Hearst Television’s extraordinary team.”
“Digital publishers recognize that their content must be widely available on social platforms to have the broadest reach,” Keating said. “Andrew understands how to work with these platforms, where more and more consumers are venturing for their news and information. Andrew is an ideal addition to our team to help ensure the excellent journalism produced by Hearst Television connects with the widest audience possible on all platforms and screens.”
“Helping to connect the great work of Hearst Television’s journalists to nationwide audiences across digital platforms will be an incredible opportunity to provide crucial perspectives to our national conversation,” Fitzgerald said. “The most exciting work in journalism is happening in local news, and no one is better positioned to innovate in this space than Hearst Television.”
Fitzgerald, who will be based at Hearst Television’s New York City headquarters, built and oversaw the global curation teams responsible for Moments, the Twitter feature developed to ease the way for users to find conversations and context around news, events and information beyond their home timelines. He also served as interim head of news partnerships, overseeing Twitter’s relationships with some 30 news organizations.
Earlier, as Twitter’s senior manager, strategy & operations, Fitzgerald conceived and executed content strategies around major events such as the Super Bowl, Olympics, NASCAR races and the 2012 presidential election, among others.
Prior to Twitter, Fitzgerald helped to launch the social media show The Stream for Al Jazeera English, and led the citizen journalism program “Collective Journalism” for short-form documentary network Current TV.
Fitzgerald is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California where he was both a Renaissance Scholar and Presidential Scholarship recipient.