ABC Oz’s kids boss resigns

Tim Brooke-Hunt, the controller of kids TV at ABC, has resigned and will leave the Australian public broadcaster in September.

Brooke-Hunt has been at ABC for six years and notable programming hits during his tenure include historical drama My Place, talent show Dance Academy, and preschool shows Giggle and Hoot and Bananas in Pyjamas (pictured).BIP_Bananas-Pose-12

He also established a copro relationship with China’s CCTV and pushed the availability of ABC’s content on different mobile and digital services and devices.

The broadcaster said that Brooke-Hunt had resigned and wants to “pursue new opportunities in children’s entertainment”.

Brooke-Hunt said “I leave ABC TV with renewed respect for public broadcasting, with gratitude to the talented producers of our programs, and with great pride to have worked with an exceptional team.”

Richard Finlayson, director of ABC Television, said: “There is no doubt that the dominance of ABC TV in the children’s area has been one of the great success stories for the ABC and this has been achieved under Tim’s leadership.”