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Head Of Media And Communications Leaves OFC

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Head Of Media And Communications Leaves OFC

Head of OFC Media and Communications for the past three years, Gordon Glen Watson, will leave Oceania's football governing body at the beginning of April 2009, it was announced today.

Watson, who was appointed to set up OFC's Media Department in July 2006, decided to leave OFC "as a friend of the Oceania football family and on good terms".

The former journalist helped set up OFC's television strategy in the Oceania region with more OFC football matches now broadcast throughout the Pacific than ever before.

Watson was also responsible for the introduction of an OFC Women's Player of the Year for the first time in the confederations history and the first ever live international broadcast of a women's international match in Papua New Guinea.

"We regret that Gordon has decided to leave and wish him the best for his future," said OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas. "As a valued member of staff, he has always approached his job with commitment and professionalism."

OFC Media and Communications Officer Priscilla Duncan will head Oceania's media department "ad interim" until a successor has been appointed.

Watson was promoted to Head of OFC Media and Communications in November 2007. He has been a jury member for France Football Magazine's 'Ballon D'Or' World Player of the Year Award since January 2007. In March 2008 he was appointed to the FIFA Media Committee by OFC President Reynald Temarii and in December 2008 was named as Project Manager for the FIFA 'Win in Oceania With Oceania' Media Project.

"I've enjoyed my time with OFC and have seen a number of exciting changes in the region from a media perspective, particularly with regard to television.

"My decision to seek a new challenge was difficult but I felt the time was right to move on. I leave OFC with deep respect, admiration and gratitude for the people of the region for whom it was a pleasure to serve," Watson said.

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