ABC head of arts Katrina Sedgwick departs to take CEO role at Centre for Moving Image

ABC logoABC head of arts Katrina Sedgwick will leave the public broadcaster in February to take the role of director and chief executive of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

Sedgwick joined the ABC in April 2012 and was described as leading a “bold vision for Arts on the ABC”.

She chaired the ABC Arts Council and established an ABC Arts brand that engaged with and leveraged arts content across the ABC platforms – TV, Radio, News and Online.

There is no suggestion her departure is linked to recent cuts at the ABC with Sedgwick saying the ACMI role was too good to turn down.

“I’m leaving the ABC with genuine regret. I’ve loved my time here but this is an opportunity I just cannot turn down,” she said.

“It has been an enormous learning curve working inside a broadcaster of this size and scale, but it’s been both very creative and very satisfying to work with so many wonderful people across the ABC as a whole. I will particularly miss my colleagues in TV Arts who are such a brilliant team, the ABC Arts Council and the TV Executive.”

ABC director of TV Richard Finlayson said: “Katrina brought vision and ambition to ABC TV’s Arts slate, and by recognising the power of bringing the various platforms together, she created a single brand, ABC Arts, that will be the leading curator of Arts-based content in the country.

“Not only has she nurtured new and emerging talents, she has found breakthrough moments for Arts programming, like The Art of Australia and Brilliant Creatures both of which have reached massive national audiences and keep Arts in the mainstream conversation.”


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