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ACMA’s head of communications Tom Burton departs watchdog

Tom BurtonThe Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) head of communications and digital engagement Tom Burton has departed the agency.

The journalism and communications veteran, who was a long-time executive editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, was the ACMA’s executive manager for Gov 2.0, stakeholder engagement and communications, a role he had held for the past four years.

In a note to staff ACMA chairman Chris Chapman wrote: “Tom is to work on a project assisting the department of communications with its digital engagement.”

The head of the authority paid tribute to Burton role in the authority transforming its approach to digital and launching a redesigned website over the last year. 

“Over the last four years Tom led a major change in the ACMA’s communications and the agency is rightly considered a model for modern government public engagement. He developed a highly professional media and communications team, working across the agency,” said Chapman.

“Our digital engagement practice now extends from traditional media to the fast moving world of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Our campaigns are innovative well planned and strategic, our media products are rich and engaging, our infographics are world class now.”

Burton was a speaker at last week’s CommsCon conference in Sydney. 

Mumbrella understands that his role will not be replaced within the authority with the communications team to be restructured within the broader corporate affairs section.

Media contacts for ACMA remain the same.

Nic Christensen 

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