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ABC Australia Restructures: Dramatic Rise of Digital Viewing

ABC Australia is implementing a major reorg that will see all programming report to Rebecca Heap in her new role, head of audience and digital.

ABC said the reorg was a reaction to ‘dramatic audience behaviour shifts’ and meant it was taking a ‘platform agnostic’ approach to creating and distributing programming.

Creative responsibilities will be divided between between the heads of non-scripted and scripted production.

  • Brendan Dahill, formerly head of programming, will head-up the non-scripted division.
  • Reporting to him will be Mandy Chang as head of arts, Steve Bibb as head of factual, Jon Casimir as head of entertainment and Justin Holdforth as head of events.
  • The head of scripted will be filled on an interim basis by director of television Richard Finlayson.
  • Sally Riley will head indigenous content, and Rick Kalowski will be head of comedy.
  • Alistair McKinnon takes an expanded role as deputy head of production, across both drama and unscripted efforts at ABC and will work with Australia’s various regional funding bodies.
  • Read Stewart Clarke’s full report in TBI.

AIDC Interview

Here again is my mini-interview with Rebecca, recorded after our VOD panel at AIDC earlier this month.