David Anderson

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, […]

Michelle Guthrie to receive additional $516k pay out from ABC

Michelle Guthrie, the dismissed managing director of Australian broadcaster ABC, has received an additional US$516,000 (A$730,000) from the network after she was granted $580,640 as termination payment last year. After the initial pay out, Guthrie had stated that she would sue for more money as she built a case for an alleged unfair dismissal. David […]

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 […]

ABC Oz backs female Shakespeare drama from ABC Studios Int’l

Australian pubcaster the ABC has boarded a drama from its international production unit that will retell the works of Shakespeare from female perspectives and has Margot Robbie (pictured) attached as a producer. The broadcaster is working with ABC Studios International (part of US broadcaster ABC), LuckyChap Entertainment and Hoodlum on the show, which is currently […]

ABC Oz restructures TV & radio divisions

Australian pubcaster the ABC has restructured, with David Anderson (pictured) taking control of a new entertainment and specialist unit that covers both TV and radio. Anderson, who replaced Richard Finlayson as director of television in a previous rejig earlier this year, will lead one of three verticals that all handle all content from the public […]

ABC Commercial boss exits

Australian pubcaster the ABC is saying goodbye to the director of its commercial wing. The network today announced Robert Patterson was leaving after more than two decades, having initially joined the ABC Classics music label. He was appointed director of ABC Commercial in 2012, but now becomes the latest high profile exit since ABC managing […]

ABC Oz axing 200 jobs to ‘focus on audience’

Michelle Guthrie has revealed her restructure of Australian pubcaster the ABC, slashing 20% of management and putting a number of other roles under review as part of a strategy to focus on “delivering for audiences”. Between 150 and 200 roles will go by June 30, 2017, with support roles and those in duplicate positions taking […]