Ita Buttrose to step down from ABC

Ita Buttrose will not seek a second term as the ABC’s chair, and will step down next March 6, at the end of her term.

“I have enjoyed my time at the ABC immensely and am honoured to have chaired such a great Australian institution for five years,” Buttrose said.

“There is still work to be done between now and March next year. Until then, it is business as usual.”

Communications minister Michelle Rowland called Buttrose “the right chair for the right time.”

“[She] is a formidable corporate leader who has served with distinction, speaking truth to power and upholding governance standards to protect independent public broadcasting.

“She has much to do in the remainder of her term and will leave the ABC stronger than when she was entrusted with the role in 2019.”

Buttrose was the founding editor of Cleo in 1972, and went on to hold senior editorial roles at The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Australian Women’s Weekly. She was also a panellist on Ten’s morning show Studio 10 from 2013 to 2018.


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