Kay will replace long-term Seven Adelaide boss Tony Davison who resigned last week.
Kay, a South Australian who started his career in journalism in Adelaide, will take on the local leadership role on February 1 in addition to his current responsibilities as the network’s head of Olympics and Commonwealth Games coverage.
He has overseen Seven’s Olympics broadcasts for two decades spanning 11 Games, after 13 years in the Adelaide newsroom.
Kay, who first joined Seven Adelaide in 1984 after a long stint as a producer with Adelaide radio station 5DN, said he was looking forward to being closer to family.
“Almost 33 years ago I began working at Seven Adelaide and I always said to myself that I’d be back,” he said in a statement. “It is a privilege to take this role at such a pivotal and exciting time for Seven, and personally to be moving closer to family.”
Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner said Kay had played an “integral role” in Seven’s success.
“He is South Australian through and through, from his early days at Seven Adelaide as the inaugural host of The Crows Show,” Worner said. “And it’s this connection to his hometown, coupled with his gifted leadership, wealth of experience and ability to drive results that makes Andy best-placed to lead Seven Adelaide into another year of ratings dominance.”
Davison had been general manager of Seven Adelaide for 13 years, overseeing a long period of ratings success for the local news service.
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