ABC appoints news director
Gaven Morris is the new directore of ABC News.
News is now called News Content for ABC.
Craig McMurtrie has been named deputy.
Morris has been responsible for the launch of ABC News 24.
Morris comes from a strong background.
ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said the recruitment process involved both internal and external applicants.
“The ABC is the nation’s most trusted news gathering organisation and I am confident that in appointing Gaven and Craig it remains in reliable hands,” he said.
“Gaven comes to this role with a strong record in managing the complexity of large news rooms and, in particular, building news brands such as ABC News 24. He is well positioned to lead ABC News into its next chapter.”
Gaven said that he was “pleased to be asked to lead ABC News’ team of dedicated staff and to serve the community by providing all Australians with an outstanding independent news service.”
“In a changing media landscape, original and distinctive journalism is more important than ever. Craig and I look forward to leading the team.”
Mr Scott also acknowledged Craig McMurtrie’s experience and contribution to the ABC. “Craig is one of the ABC’s most respected journalists and has served in key roles in Canberra and Washington covering major events in domestic politics and on the international stage,” he said.
“As Head of Newsgathering, Craig has played an integral role in maintaining the highest standards of journalism our audiences expect of us.”