ABC TV Children’s head of programming departs

The head of programming and acquisitions for ABC TV Children’s programming Barbara Uecker will leave the public broadcaster at the end of this week to pursue other opportunities in the industry.

The announcement:

ABC today announced that Head of Programming & Acquisitions for ABC TV Children’s, Barbara Uecker is leaving the public broadcaster to pursue other opportunities in the television industry.

An internationally respected children’s broadcaster, Barbara was instrumental in creating and forging the success of ABC’s children’s brands ABC4 Kids and ABC3 since taking up the role in 2008. During this time she has launched successful local series including Nowhere Boys and Dance Academy, in addition to executive producing the new animated Bananas in Pyjamas. The ABC4Kids channel continues to achieve impressive audience results, strengthening ABC TV’s position as the leading content provider for Australian preschoolers, with ABC3 established as the market leader for school-age children.

Barbara was a key player in the establishment of award-winning German public children’s channel KI.KA and also worked for Germany’s ARD affiliate Sender Freies Berlin, where she produced programs for children, teenagers and family audiences. In 2005, Barbara became head of Family, Education & Nature TV Programs for ARD’s affiliate, Hessischer Rundfunk. She also held the position of Acting Controller, Children’s TV at ABC from July to December last year.

Head of Children’s TV Deirdre Brennan said “Barbara has made a significant contribution to both the ABC and Australian families who trust and rely on our children’s services. We wish her all the best for her next exciting role within the international children’s sector”.

Barbara will depart on March 28th.

Source: ABC press release.


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