Michelle Guthrie

ABC Oz restructures TV & radio divisions

Australian pubcaster the ABC has restructured, with David Anderson (pictured) taking control of a new entertainment and specialist unit that covers both TV and radio. Anderson, who replaced Richard Finlayson as director of television in a previous rejig earlier this year, will lead one of three verticals that all handle all content from the public […]

ABC Commercial boss exits

Australian pubcaster the ABC is saying goodbye to the director of its commercial wing. The network today announced Robert Patterson was leaving after more than two decades, having initially joined the ABC Classics music label. He was appointed director of ABC Commercial in 2012, but now becomes the latest high profile exit since ABC managing […]

ABC commissioner joins BBC

Mandy Chang is leaving Australia’s ABC for another pubcaster, the UK’s BBC. Chang was head of arts and acting head of non-scripted TV at the ABC, but is exiting to become commissioning editor of BBC documentary strand Storyville. Nick Fraser previous held the role for 17 years, but left the BBC in September last year […]

ABC Oz axing 200 jobs to ‘focus on audience’

Michelle Guthrie has revealed her restructure of Australian pubcaster the ABC, slashing 20% of management and putting a number of other roles under review as part of a strategy to focus on “delivering for audiences”. Between 150 and 200 roles will go by June 30, 2017, with support roles and those in duplicate positions taking […]

Foxtel exec fills vacant unscripted role at ABC

A senior Foxtel executive has taken over non-scripted production at the ABC in Australia. Josie Mason-Campbell (pictured) has been hired as head of non-scripted, in effect taking over the role Brendan Dahill vacated when he joined Keo Films’ Aussie arm. The post puts her in control of ABC TV’s factual, entertainment, arts and events slate. […]

Another top ABC Oz exec resigns

The top-level exits continue at Australian pubcaster the ABC, with its chief operating officer, David Pendleton, resigning today. Pendleton has been with the ABC since 1996, but will exit at the end of the financial year after assisting managing director Michelle Guthrie and the ABC executive team in preparations for the next budget. Pendleton is […]

ABC television chief exits

Richard Finlayson has resigned from his post as director of television at Australian public broadcaster the ABC. The shock moves comes after rumours emerged over his future, and brings to an end his three-year tenure as the ABC’s top television executive. The ABC’s managing director, Michelle Guthrie, who succeeded Mark Scott nearly nine months ago, […]

Netflix consumes Toast in 200-hour ABC deal

British comedy Toast of London has debuted in Australia and New Zealand on SVOD service Netflix, as part of a 200-hour deal with distributor ABC Commercial. The deal is for all three season of the Channel 4 sitcom, which Australian pubcaster the ABC distributes in Australasian through a digital sub-licensing agreement with UK distributor DRG. […]

ABC loses drama, children’s bosses

Two senior programming executives are leaving Australia’s pubcaster, the ABC. Head of fiction Carole Sklan and head of children’s Deidre Brennan are both exiting the organisation. Sklan’s departure at the end of February comes after six years running ABC Fiction, while Brennan is leaving “to pursue new opportunities within the international market”. Deputy head of […]

MTG board shrinks as Livfors exits

Modern Times Group is to reduce the size of its board from seven to six following the departure of Mia Brunell Livfors. She has declined re-election to take up a chief executive post at conglomerate Axel Johnson. Livfors, who previously served as president and CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik and finance director at MTG, is […]