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ABC Oz hires funding and partnerships exec

The ABC has hired Josh Faulks as head of partnerships and policy.

josh faulksThe Australian pubcaster said he has been tasked with seeking out content partnership opportunities, and looking for sources of funding.

Faulks (pictured) will also work across strategy and comms at the ABC.

A seasoned political staffer, the ABC new recruit was most recently deputy chief of staff to Australia’s attorney general.

His media experience is limited to having been at telecoms industry group the Communications Alliance and marketing business Salmat.

Richard Finlayson, ABC’s head of television said: “Josh’s role is critical for ABC TV as we strive to make our budgets go further and ensure that we have open and constructive relationships with our stakeholders and partners in the sector.

“Josh has a deep interest in the media industry, is highly regarded in political circles, and well versed in the challenges facing the industry today. He will be an asset to the organisation and we look forward to having him on board.”

Faulks, who starts at the ABC in September, said: “With the tsunami of new content flowing in from overseas, now more than ever we need the industry and government to work together to invest in telling quality Australian stories that help define who we are.

“I am excited about joining the team at ABC TV and working to grow this incredibly important industry.”