ABC appoints new Head of Current Affairs

02 March, 2011 by IF

Press release from ABC

ABC News has appointed long-time broadcasting executive, Denise Eriksen as its new Head of Current Affairs.


Director of News, Kate Torney, says:

“Denise’s long experience in News, Current Affairs and Factual Television Production and Management is what’s needed in this role, which replaces the former Head of National Programs position.”

She has worked in News and Current Affairs in New Zealand, Australia and in the UK. She was an Executive Producer in ABC News for five years, based in Melbourne. More recently, she’s been Head of Factual at ABC and Head of Production and Development at SBS and, for the past four months, has been leading the launch of 7.30.

“I would also like to thank Ben Hawke who has been acting Head National Programs since July 2010. Ben will take up his new role as Head New Content. In this position Ben will be developing program ideas for the News Division and continuing to produce News Specials like ‘Lake Eyre’ and ‘Grantham’,” says Torney.

Both Ben and Denise take up their new roles on Monday, March 28.

Denise Eriksen says:

“It’s a privilege to be asked to join Kate’s team and to work with the outstanding teams in Radio and Television Current Affairs. I’m delighted to be returning to News at a time when technology and audience expectations bring exciting new challenges and opportunities for building on the fine pedigree of ABC Current Affairs.”








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