New members for ABC, SBS boards

The Government has appointed Cheryl Bart to the board of the ABC, and Bulent Dellal to SBS.

Both appointments are for a period of five years, starting on June 3, 2010.

Under the current merit-based appointment process, positions are advertised nationally and all candidates are subject to an assessment process.

Minister Stephen Conroy said that Bart’s record of public service is “exceptional”, while Dellal’s understanding of Australia’s multicultural society is “comprehensive” and therefore a good match for the needs of the SBS audience.

Robert Cronin was also reappointed to the SBS board for two years from June 14.

These are the official bios:

Cheryl Bart

Solicitor and company director. Current board appointments include Chairman of: ANZ Trustees Limited; the AER Foundation, the Environment Protection Authority; the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival. She is a non-executive director on Spark Infrastructure Ltd and ETSA Utilities.

Bart has previously served as a Director of the Economic Development Board (SA); the Information Economy Advisory Board; Defence Industry Advisory Board (SA); Women’s National Basketball League; Australian Sports Foundation; Sydney Ports Corporation; and the Institute for Biomedical Research, Sydney University.

Bulent Hass Dellal

Dellal has been the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation since 1989. He is also Chairman of the Centre for Multicultural Youth; Chairman of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies Consultative Committee (Melbourne University); Member, the Multicultural Arts Advisory Council Victoria; and an Advisory Board Member on the Global Terrorism Research Centre, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University and on the Commonwealth Governments Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.

Dellal has also served as a Member, Multicultural Advisory Committee of the Family Court of Australia; Board Member, Adult Multicultural Education Services; Co-Chairperson, Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee, and Sitting Member, Victoria Police Ethical Standards Consultative Committee.

Dr Dellal was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 for service to multicultural organisations, the arts and the community.

Bob Cronin

Cronin has been a Director of the SBS Board since 2002 and is currently Group Editor-in-Chief to West Australian Newspapers. He has also been a Director at the Shanghai Daily Press Development Co. Ltd.

Cronin has more than 35 years experience in the media. From 2004 to 2006, he was General Manager, Shanghai Daily Press Development Co Ltd and between 1996 and 2004, he served as a media consultant. Prior to this, he was Editor-in-Chief of Bell Publishing and West Australian Newspapers.


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