ABC TV restructure abolishes controllers with new head of content role

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ABC TV has reorganised its executive team to focus on content creation across all its platforms.

The restructure will see Stuart Menzies, controller of ABC1, put in a new role as head of TV content and creative development. Menzies will lead a team of department heads across all genres – fiction, entertainment, comedy, Indigenous, arts, factual and sports and events – to develop content for all platforms.

Brendan Dahill, controller for ABC1, will step up as head of programming for ABC1 and ABC2, with the assistance of two channel managers.

ABC TV has also hired Diedre Brennan, who started as head of children’s TV today. Brennan was director of television for BBC Worldwide, a job Dahill had held until he joined the ABC as channel controller in 2010.

Aurl Baskaran will stay on as head of online and multiplatform, the ABC’s director of television Richard Finlayson said in a statement.

“The existing controller model will be replaced with a structure that reallocates responsibilities within the existing team and will help meet our objective to cement ABC TV and iView as the home of the best quality, most impactful and entertaining Australian content,” Finlayson said.

“ABC TV has an outstanding and close-knit creative executive team, and I believe this realignment is the one that will best achieve the priorities we’ve set over the next few years.”

Finlayson said the changes will not affect how their production partners present ideas and content to ABC TV.

The new model will come into effect on January 1.


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