Patrick was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, FOX SPORTS - Australia’s biggest TV production company, leading producer of sports television coverage and home to the number one general sports website - in 2011, after nine years as a senior executive at Foxtel.
As the CEO of FOX SPORTS, Patrick has overseen an extensive program of renewal and invigoration, and cemented the company’s place as the home of unrivalled sports rights and game-changing broadcast innovations. Affirming the strength of its position in the Australian pay TV landscape, in 2015 Fox Sports accounted for a 7.24 share of all subscription viewing, and leads the industry in customer satisfaction and brand advocacy (NPS) for sport when compared to all other TV sports broadcasters, with a CSAT score of 75% and a +25 NPS rating.
Behind the numbers, Patrick has been leading a revolution in sports TV coverage, which in 2016 included ushering in a new era of sports broadcasting in Australia, with ground-breaking new rights deals signed in 2015 guaranteeing the most extensive package of live AFL and NRL coverage in history. Live coverage on Fox Sports now amounts to more than 10,000 hours a year incorporating over 800 outside broadcasts during that time.
Some of the biggest names across Australia’s most popular sports now appear across Fox Sports seven channels on a daily basis, including Matty Johns, Eddie McGuire and Mark Bosnich. Off-camera, Patrick has overseen the introduction of an array of innovative new technologies and approaches, including a world first with the introduction of in-play cricket helmet cameras in 2012, to the incorporation of user generated content into live broadcasts with Fox Shots in 2015.
Patrick’s career in television began in 1998, at Southern Star Entertainment as Head of Non-Drama, before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer, XYZ - the channel creation and production business - in 2000. Over the two years which followed, Patrick successfully revitalised and relaunched the Lifestyle Channel, Channel [V], Music Max and The Weather Channel for the Foxtel and Austar platforms.
In 2002, Patrick was appointed as Director of Digital, Foxtel, playing an instrumental part
in the rebirth and reinvigoration of Foxtel as a digital product, while reshaping its consumer proposition.
In 2005, Patrick was appointed Executive Director of Content, Product and Delivery, Foxtel. In this role he was responsible for introducing a string of product and service innovations including; Foxtel iQ, Mobile Foxtel, Foxtel On Demand, HD, 3D, Foxtel on Xbox and Foxtel on T-box services, as well as Foxtel’s availability on Virgin Airlines. In 2007, Patrick renegotiated Foxtel’s long standing movie deals, which were seen as a turning point for Foxtel profitability.
Patrick’s portfolio expanded in 2008 to include Foxtel’s Domestic and Commercial Sales Operations, during which time he was responsible for over one million gross subscription sales.