David Pendleton resigns as ABC’s chief operating officer

27 January, 2017 by IF

David Pendleton. 


The ABC’s chief operating officer David Pendleton has announced his resignation after more than 20 years with the broadcaster. 

He is the second ABC executive to resign in a week, with director of television Richard Finlayson announcing his departure last Friday.

Pendleton joined the ABC in 1996 and has been on the executive since 2002, initially as director of business services before stepping into the COO role.

In a statement, the ABC said Pendleton had played a “pivotal role” in shaping the ABC’s operational base and digital expansion.

“He has provided outstanding service to a succession of ABC Boards and managing directors and his operational knowledge and financial expertise will be sorely missed. His input, guidance and leadership have been invaluable in managing one of the most complex media organisations in the country."

Pendleton said he was leaving to focus on unspecified 'new challenges'.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to contribute to Australia’s most respected media organisation. I am proud of my team’s achievements during my time here as we have evolved from an analogue to a digital broadcaster,” he said.

“Despite the many challenges, we have continued to innovate and provide outstanding service to the Australian public.

“I would like to acknowledge the many MDs, chairs, board directors, colleagues and teams I have worked with in my time at the ABC. I am confident that I leave the ABC in great shape with its best years ahead.”

Pendleton has indicated that he will leave at the end of the current financial year, allowing him to assist MD Michelle Guthrie in preparations for the next budget and in the transition to new financial and operational leadership.