Colin J Smith, GMS Principal

Colin Smith has had deep experience of providing advice and managerial roles (including Non-Executive Board roles) for Television Broadcasters.

Free to Air TV


Free To Air TV

  • Restructuring of FTA TV
  • TV production
  • Acquisitions / divestments
  • Projections of advertising revenues
  • Relationship with GDP growth
  • Content output deals
  • Financial constraints and capital structures


Pay TV

  • Economics of Pay TV
  • Migration strategies of digital
  • Companion App
  • Digital media rights
  • Content acquisition
  • Affects of NBN Co
  • Subscription growth and need for sport, especially summer
Pay TV

Colin Smith has also had deep experience of providing advice and managerial roles (including Non-Executive Board roles) for Radio and Digital Businesses.

Digital companies



  • Content acquisition
  • Companion App
  • Dual screening
  • Migration strategies
  • Roll-out strategies



  • Format turnaround strategies
  • Sports rights (AFL and NRL)
  • Format and session profitability and ROI analysis
  • Mergers and acquisitions of radio stations and networks
  • Restructuring of radio networks across Newstalk and music
Radio networks


Colin J Smith
  • Colin Smith, through Global Media & Sports, provides leading strategic advice and negotiation leadership on sports media and competition structures for leading media companies and the major professional sports in Australia, Europe and Asia.
  • For twenty years Colin was a Senior Partner/Deputy Chairman of the global strategy firm L.E.K. Consulting in the firm’s global media, sports and entertainment practice advising significant media (radio, TV, digital new media), entertainment (cinema, major events) and sports (sports rights, events and competition structures) in Australia, NZ, Asia, Europe and the US.
  • Colin has also undertaken senior executive and non-executive roles in media, such as:
    • Chief Executive - Wesgo Ltd (Australia’s largest radio network [now Australian Radio Network]),
    • Executive Chairman - Triple M Broadcasters Ltd (now Southern Cross Austereo)
    • Director of Southern Cross Broadcasting Ltd,
    • Chairman of MCM Entertainment Ltd and
    • Chairman of Global Television (NEP)
  • Strategic Adviser for leading professional sports (AFL, Rugby, Rugby League, Football, Basketball, Netball, Baseball, Golf, Surfing, Racing, Cycling, Olympic Sports and leading international events such as the Commonwealth Games and World Cup) across media rights for Free to Air TV, Pay TV, digital media and radio in Australia, Europe and Asia.
    • Restructuring and market reviews of leading television and radio networks.
    • Strategic / restructuring reviews of media organisations (FTA TV, Radio and Subscription TV).
    • Acquisition reviews across FTA TV, Radio and television production organisations.
    • Channel distribution studies for a television group.
    • Digital media strategies including Companion Apps.
    • Review of the case for a multi-tournament Asian leg for a significant global sport.
    • Review of the global sports betting and identifying opportunities for sports.
    • Strategic reviews of thoroughbred racing and review across racing media assets.
    • Review of stadium selection for professional sports.
    • Strategic review of major sporting leagues (structure, windows, teams).
    • Strategic revenue of the attractiveness of leading international sports events such as the World Cup.
    • Global review of club ownership models across professional sports.
  • Colin lectures and writes on media, sports media rights, sports sponsorship, shareholder value, pricing and performance measurement.

Current External Positions


  • MBA from RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • ISMP from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA
  • Rowed for Australia, winning Gold, Silver and two Bronze medals at World Championships