Statement on the passing of Sam Chisholm

Sam Chisholm was CEO at Nine in two stints... first in the halcyon television days of the 80s & early 90s and then briefly in 2005. In that first role he was always regarded as a pugnacious go-getter.

The so-called ‘starmaker’ at Nine with a big chequebook and loud opinions. Nicknamed a legend in his own lunchtime for his lavish lifestyle at work and play - and the man who popularised the phrase ‘losers have meetings, but winners have parties’.

Always controversial and a larger than life figure, he left Nine for Britain and Murdoch’s BSkyB and returned ten years later to a very different and challenging world in Australian television.

Nine recognises the unique role he played with the Network and for Australian television, and sends their condolences to the extended family and friends on his passing today, in particular his wife Sue and daughter Caroline.