CONTROLLER MODEL MAKES WAY FOR NEW STRUCTURE AT ABC TV
Off the back of a fabulously successful 2013 for ABC TV, and with a raft of exciting programming ready to launch to Australian audiences in 2014, Richard Finlayson, Director of Television, has announced a reorganisation of his executive team.
“From January 1 the existing Controller model will be replaced with a structure that reallocates responsibilities within the existing team and will help meet our objective to cement ABC TV and iview as the home of the best quality, most impactful and entertaining Australian content,” says Finlayson.
In the New Year, ABC1 and ABC2 will come under the one role – Head of Programming ABC1 and ABC2. Brendan Dahill will assume this role, assisted by two Channel Managers.
Currently Controller ABC2, Stuart Menzies will act in a newly created role, Head of TV Content and Creative Development, and will lead the existing team of genre heads across fiction, entertainment, comedy, Indigenous, arts, factual and sports and events.
Arul Baskaran will remain Head of Online and Multiplatform, and Deirdre Brennan, who commences today, is Head of Children’s TV.
“ABC TV has an outstanding and close-knit creative executive team, and I believe this realignment is the one that will best achieve the priorities we've set over the next few years," says Finlayson.
The changes are internal and will not affect how production partners approach bringing their ideas and content to ABC TV.