Richard Finlayson


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 […]

Foxtel exec fills vacant unscripted role at ABC

A senior Foxtel executive has taken over non-scripted production at the ABC in Australia. Josie Mason-Campbell (pictured) has been hired as head of non-scripted, in effect taking over the role Brendan Dahill vacated when he joined Keo Films’ Aussie arm. The post puts her in control of ABC TV’s factual, entertainment, arts and events slate. […]

Another top ABC Oz exec resigns

The top-level exits continue at Australian pubcaster the ABC, with its chief operating officer, David Pendleton, resigning today. Pendleton has been with the ABC since 1996, but will exit at the end of the financial year after assisting managing director Michelle Guthrie and the ABC executive team in preparations for the next budget. Pendleton is […]

ABC television chief exits

Richard Finlayson has resigned from his post as director of television at Australian public broadcaster the ABC. The shock moves comes after rumours emerged over his future, and brings to an end his three-year tenure as the ABC’s top television executive. The ABC’s managing director, Michelle Guthrie, who succeeded Mark Scott nearly nine months ago, […]

ABC retools ABC3 under new guise

Australian pubcaster the ABC has renamed its kids-focused network ABC3 to create “a complete digital and broadcast service designed to reflect and celebrate the lives, interests and diversity of young Australians”. The channel will be known as ABC Me from September 19, and will “embrace the experiences of Australian school-aged children”. It will focus on […]

ABC Oz hires funding and partnerships exec

The ABC has hired Josh Faulks as head of partnerships and policy. The Australian pubcaster said he has been tasked with seeking out content partnership opportunities, and looking for sources of funding. Faulks (pictured) will also work across strategy and comms at the ABC. A seasoned political staffer, the ABC new recruit was most recently […]

Carrington to ABC, Hughes steps up at Zodiak

Kids TV veteran Michael Carrington is exiting Zodiak Kids Studios to become head of children’s and education at Australian pubcaster the ABC. The broadcaster said the role is a new one, although the position running the kids department has been vacant since Deidre Brennan left earlier this year, before resurfacing at Canada’s Corus. Carrington, who […]

Major restructure at Australia’s ABC

The ABC is implementing a wide-ranging restructure that will see all programming responsibility come under the control of a new role, head of audience and digital. Rebecca Heap, formerly head of strategy and digital products, will take the role at the Australian public broadcaster. ABC said the reorganisation was a reaction to ‘dramatic audience behaviour […]