After establishing a career in newspapers, including a 12-year stint at Fairfax, Mark Scott has been the managing director of the ABC since 2006. In 2011, he was appointed for a second five-year term. He speaks to Encore’s managing editor Brooke Hemphill about his plans for the public broadcaster, the changing role of the ABC in a multi-platform world and the ramifications of launching ABC3 and News 24 in the same year.
THE MULTIPLATFORM ABC
Mark Scott on how the ABC is leading the charge with fast-tracking TV content, the soon-to-be launched ABC television companion app, and how the broadcaster has embraced opportunities in the multiplatform space.
NEWS IN AN ELECTION YEAR
Scott talks about the challenges the ABC faces in an election year, how ABC News 24 is faring in its battle against Sky News, the broadcasters’ review of its news gathering process and its 2013 funding application.
COMEDY, DRAMA AND THE 2013 TV LINEUP
Scott discusses the ABC TV lineup for the year ahead, the return of Chris Lilley and the flagging ratings of ABC1’s Wednesday night comedy lineup. He discusses the ABC’s position on creating content in-house as opposed to co-productions and partnerships and how Randling would have benefitted from a shorter lead time.
RADIO, PODCASTING AND MUSIC STREAMING SERVICES
Scott talks about the future of radio, the proliferation of podcasting and the challenge and benefits of music streaming services.
Scott talks about his own goals for the coming year, what comes next after his tenure at the ABC and his thoughts on the future of the newspaper business.
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