ABC Radio appoints station managers for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart

The ABC has appointed new managers to run its east coast metropolitan radio stations following the restructure of its content divisions announced last year by managing director Michelle Guthrie.

Coming from a range of backgrounds, the new managers will be responsible for the ABC’s Capital City Network stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart.

Leading the Melbourne station will be former Radio National arts and culture editor Dina Rosendorff who joined RN in 2014 after spending two years in Boston working for National Public Radio affiliate WBUR. Rosendorff started her career with the Herald Sun, where she won the 2006 Quill Award for Young Journalist of the Year.

Simon Scoble will take control of the Brisbane station, having been the ABC’s Darwin local manager for the past five and a half years.  Prior to joining the ABC, Scoble was a news producer for Seven Queensland.

Taking control of Sydney will be Melanie Withnall, currently the managing director at Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, the operator of community station 2SER 107.3. Previously, Whitnall was senior producer of Mornings at ABC Radio Sydney.

In Hobart, ABC Radio Melbourne content director, Samantha Stayner, will be the new station manager. Stayner is a 20 year ABC veteran having worked with the national broadcaster in Ballarat & Alice Springs.

Head of the ABC’s Capital City Network, Warwick Tiernan welcomed the new appointments saying:  “All four managers bring a wealth of broadcast experience to their new roles, coming from both inside and outside the ABC.”

“Our capital city radio network is an incredibly important part of the ABC’s output, engaging with more than two million Australians every week,” he said.  “The managers of our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart stations will not only steer their stations locally but will make important contributions to the future sound and direction of the network as a whole.”


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