Radio National manager Louise Evans moves to News Radio after just 6 months in role

Louise EvansThe ABC’s Radio National is to look for a new boss after its manager Louise Evans “decided she does not wish to continue” after just six months in the role.

Evans, a former managing editor of The Australian, was appointed to the role in April however, radio boss Kate Dundas yesterday informed staff at the ABC that Evans had been asked “to work with NewsRadio for a period to assist Manager NewsRadio Helen Thomas to deliver one of the network’s key strategic priorities.”

Sources have told Mumbrella there was tension between the former managing editor of The Australian and group program director for ABC Radio Michael Mason.

In an email to staff, the ABC’s director of Radio Kate Dundas praised Evans, saying she had achieved much in a relatively short period of time but felt it was time to leave. “I am writing to let you know that Louise Evans has decided she does not wish to continue in the Manager role at Radio National.” Dundas said on Tuesday.

“While Louise has emphasised to me how much she has enjoyed her time with RN to date, the Manager’s role has not turned out to be one she wants to continue with over time. As such we both think it’s best for Louise to step aside now.”

ABC radio staff had been concerned the Evans appointment signalled more cuts at Radio National, which underwent a restructure last year.

The media industry was surprised by the appointment at the time given Evans had experience in print journalism rather than in radio and commercial media rather than public broadcasting.

When she appointed Evans, Dundas said she was an outstanding media professional who brought both senior editorial and leadership skills to the job.

“At The Australian she was instrumental in successfully leading staff, particularly through change processes as the organisation grappled with industry shifts.”

Michael Mason will act in the role until a new manager can be appointed.

Nic Christensen


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