ABC TV loses two of its most senior executives

ABcThe ABC this afternoon announced the departure of two of its most senior television executives, head of fiction Carole Sklan and head of children’s Deirdre Brennan.

Sklan is departing the public broadcaster after six years in the senior script development and production role while Brennan is understood to be leaving to pursue new opportunities within the international market.

Sklan is responsible for much of the ABC’s drama content over the past few years, including Rake, The Code, Glitch and Jack Irish, while Brennan led children’s content for the past three years, having previously held roles at BBC Worldwide.

Richard Finlayson, director of ABC television, said in a statement: “We are incredibly sad to see Carole leave. She has helped create an outstanding body of work since 2009, and under her leadership the ABC Fiction team has supported the production of over 400 hours of Australian drama and comedy, and won countless awards.”

Carol Sklan

Carol Sklan

Deirdre Brennan

Deirdre Brennan

On Brennan’s departure, he said: “Although we will be sad to see her leave, Deirdre has built an incredibly strong ABC team in this important genre, preparing us for the competitive environment ahead with an impactful content slate that will roll out in years to come.”

Sklan will depart the ABC at the end of February with deputy head of fiction Alastair McKinnon acting in the role until a replacement is appointed.

Brennan will depart the ABC in March when Luka Skandle, channel manager – children’s, will take on her responsibilities until a replacement is found.

The departures come just one month after the loss of Adrian Swift, the ABC’s head of content and creative development, who announced he was returning to the Nine Network after an 18 months stint at the public broadcaster.

Nic Christensen


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