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Former ABC boss Mark Scott takes top job with NSW Department of Education

Scott: moving back to education

Scott: moving back to education

The recently departed managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott, has made a career move away from the media sector by taking the job of director of the NSW Department of Education.

Scott, who led the public broadcaster for a decade until he stepped down in April, was previously a teacher and worked for education ministers in the Greiner and Fahey governments.

His appointment comes just over a month after he finished up at the ABC, where he was credited with reshaping the broadcaster for the digital age. Many observers had expected him to re-emerge in the media sector.

In his exit interview with Mumbrella, Scott said he was going to take time out and “do nothing for a little bit”.

He added: “I have had some ideas floated by me but I am still just thinking. I have had some good advice that after a job like this you will exercise best judgment about what you want to do next by pausing and reflecting a bit – rather than lunging at the first thing that floats by.

“In a way I’m not sure it will be in media, but I have had a great media job here and, in fact, I have had two great media jobs at senior levels.”

In today’s statement, NSW Premier Mike Baird, said: “Like Rob Whitfield, who took the reins at Treasury last year, Mark is ready, willing and able to bring the fruits of his immense experience to the benefit of the entire NSW community.”

Scott added: “On leaving the ABC, I was asked what I planned to do next. I can think of no more important opportunity than working alongside the teachers of NSW and the staff of the Department to improve teaching and learning in our schools.”

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