Judith Whelan takes helm as ABC’s director of regional and local

Judith Whelan will stay in the role of director of ABC Regional and Local, after stepping into the position in an acting capacity in November 2018.

Whelan has been with the ABC for three years, joining originally as head of spoken content.

Whelan is a former editor of The Sydney Morning Herald 

ABC managing director David Anderson said Whelan’s considerable experience in the landscape made her the perfect choice for the role.

“Judith has already made a significant contribution to the ABC’s leadership team and I look forward to working with her closely on our regional and local content which is so highly valued by Australians,” said Anderson.

In her role as head of spoken content, Whelan oversaw RN, Grandstand and the capital city radio stations. She moved into the head of specialist content role which saw her take charge of the ABC’s coverage across all platforms in arts, science, health and technology, religion and ethics, education, and society and culture. She also oversaw Audio Studios.

Whelan said it was an honour to be appointed into the director role.

“The work done by the regional and local team is at the very heart of the ABC. Our capital city radio teams, our regional bureaux, our sports unit, and our local television department, produce hundreds of hours of outstanding local content every week, telling Australian stories and sharing conversations with local communities in every corner of the country,” she said.

“It’s where the ABC started 87 years ago, and it is still such big part of what makes us unique. The big difference today is that we reach our audiences across multiple platforms and in multiple ways.”

ABC’s regional and local team includes its eight capital city radio stations, 48 rural and regional teams, regional and local screen content including Gardening Australia, Backroads and Landline, Grandstand sport, live events such as New Year’s Eve, Australia Day and Anzac Day, and emergency broadcasting.

Whelan was formerly editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, as well as news director and editor of the weekend edition. Prior to that, she spent more than seven years as the editor of Good Weekend.


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