ABC TV entertainment boss shifts to Adelaide Film Festival

Amanda Duthie, the woman who narrowly kept her job after approving The Chaser’s controversial “Make A Realistic Wish” dying kids sketch, is quitting the ABC to become CEO and director of the Adelaide Film Festival.

Duthie’s appointment comes a few months after she championed the ABC investing $200,000 in a joint venture with the film festival.

Duthie will leave her role as head of arts and entertainment at the ABC in January. She had the comedy portfolio removed from her remit in 2009 after it emerged that she had failed to refer upwards a Chaser’s War on Everything sketch about dying kids which caused widespread public outrage and led to the show being temporarily taken off the air.

Despite the controversy, Duthie was involved in commissioning several ABC hits including The Gruen Transfer.

Kim Dalton, director of ABC TV said “I would like to congratulate Amanda on her new appointment to one of the most enterprising film festivals in the country. I also want to recognise her many successes during her eight years at the ABC, and in particular, the last four years as ABC TV’s Head of Arts and Entertainment.

“Amanda leaves ABC TV with an exciting slate in both arts and entertainment programming for 2012 with programs such as Shaun Micallef”s Mad as Hell, Randling with Andrew Denton, Myf Warhurst’s Nice, Photo Finish and Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb.”


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