ABC Australia


Show of the week: ‘Wrong Kind of Black’

Set in 1960s and 1970s Australia, Wrong Kind Of Black (4 x 13-22 minutes, 1 x 60 minutes) tells the life story of Boori Monty Pryor, who became one of the country’s hottest DJs. Dubbed ‘The Black Superman’ at the height of the disco period, Monty was spinning discs in Melbourne at a time of […]

ABC Australia installs MD months after Guthrie fall-out

ABC Australia has permanently appointed David Anderson as managing director. Anderson, who has been given a five-year contract, has ultimate responsibility for all editorial content. He has been serving as acting MD for a number of months, after MD Michelle Guthrie was fired in September, just halfway into her five-year term. Guthrie fought the dismissal, […]

Turmoil at ABC Australia to be focus of investigative special

Ousted ABC Australia MD Melissa Guthrie and former chairman Justin Milne are to give their accounts of the inner turmoil at the broadcaster in an hour-long special. The two execs, who were at the centre of a major shake-up at ABC, will be the focus of Bitter End, which is to air as part of ABC investigative […]

ABC Australia, All3Media Int’l partner on Uber Driver drama

All3Media International has partnered with public broadcaster ABC Australia on six-part drama Diary Of An Uber Driver. Written by Please Like Me’s Thomas Ward, the drama is co-produced with RevLover Films and Create NSW and based on a popular blog and 2016 e-book by Ben Phillips. The half-hour drama follows Uber driver Ben as he […]

ABC board confirms independent investigation into Guthrie exit

The board of Australian public broadcaster ABC has confirmed that an independent advisor is investigating claims made by ousted managing director Melissa Guthrie. In an official statement released by the ABC board, it has clarified the timeline of events that led to Guthrie’s exit from the broadcaster last month.  It has said it received a […]

Australian gov’t appoints ABC acting chair

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appointed Dr Kirstin Ferguson as acting chair of ABC as the broadcaster looks to replace Justin Milne, who resigned his post as ABC chairman last week amid concerns about editorial independence. A year into his post, Milne stepped down from ABC after it was revealed that he had called […]

ABC Australia picks up Fremantle’s Recording Studio

Australian public broadcaster ABC has announced plans to create a local version of FremantleMedia’s new music-based factual entertainment format The Recording Studio. The deal follows other pick ups by BBC1 in the UK and DR in Denmark. The Recording Studio was launched at MIPCOM 2017. It follows ordinary people as they are given the chance to […]

ABC Oz buys new Attenborough BBC series

ABC in Australia has bought Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef, the latest series from the renowned naturalist David Attenborough. The Australian pubcaster will launch the three-parter next year. It follows Attenborough as he returns to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, including exploring the aquatic eco system in a manned submersible. The 4K series was commissioned by BBC […]

Hit secures Mike, Thomas sales

Broadcasters in Asia and Australasia have acquired more than 100 hours of Hit Entertainment’s children’s programming, including deals for Mike the Knight and Thomas & Friends. Among the deals secured by Hit’s Hong Kong office, Disney Junior in south east Asia and Hong Kong has snapped up season one of CGI series Mike (52x11mins). New […]

Australia’s ABC hires Nutopia’s Phil Craig as head of factual

Australian public broadcaster ABC has poached former Nutopia exec Phil Craig to become head of factual. Craig, who was executive producer at the British production company, run by former Discovery and BBC exec Jane Root, will join the broadcaster at the end of October. He previously worked on documentaries including Nazi Gospels and Rogue Sharks. […]