ABC TV announces new appointments

05 July, 2010 by IF

Press release from ABC

Following ABC TV’s current reorganisation, the network announced today the appointment of three senior positions.


Justin Holdforth has been appointed Head of Sport & Events. Justin had been acting in this role since mid 2009. Justin has over 23 years experience with the ABC and has worked across many programs in a variety of roles. Prior to acting as Head Sport & Events, Justin was Executive Producer Sport & Events where he was responsible for managing the national sports slate including the Beijing Paralympics, W-League Football, The Hopman Cup and Women’s Open Golf. Justin will report to the Head of Factual and begins in the role immediately.

Debbie Lee has been appointed Head of Comedy. Since July 2009, Debbie has been Acting Head of Comedy responsible for programs such as Lowdown, The Librarians, Angry Boys, Review with Myles Barlow and John Safran’s Race Relations. Prior to this she was an Executive Producer in the Arts & Entertainment Department. Debbie joined the ABC in early 2008, having previously worked for SBS where she was a Commissioning Editor for Drama and Comedy. Debbie takes up her role on August 2nd and will report to the Head of Fiction.

Natalie Edgar has been appointed Deputy Controller ABC TV and will work across ABC1, ABC2 and, in terms of inventory management, ABC News24. Natalie has been with ABC TV since 2007 in the role of Programmer ABC2. She has grown the audience and reach of ABC2 during her tenure, and has overseen the establishment of ABC2 as a key channel in the suite of ABC TV network channels. Natalie has now been given an expanded role in the Television Division and will be working closely with the Controllers of ABC1 and ABC2. Natalie will begin in this role on August 9th and will report to the Controller of ABC1.