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ABC hires BBCWW exec Dahill as channel controller

Australian public broadcaster has hired BBC Worldwide exec Brendan Dahill to run its main channel ABC1.

Dahill, who is currently director of television at BBC Worldwide Australasia, will become channel controller. This comes one month after ABC director of television Kim Dalton announced a shake up of the broadcaster’s management structure that will see the appointment of channel controllers for ABC1 and ABC2 as well as a head of fiction and new acquisition positions.

The pubcaster also unveiled plans to merge the drama and comedy division to create a consolidated fiction department and will bring sport and events under the factual department.

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Brendan to our management team at ABC TV. He brings a great depth of experience in the areas of programming, acquisition and commissioning along with a passion and commitment for Australian content, Australian audiences and Australian public broadcasting. His experience and success in recent years in the Australian multi-channel market along with his background in UK broadcasting makes him ideally suited for this new role at ABC TV,” says Dalton.

Dahill, who was also previously scheduling boss at BBC Three, will start in August.