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ABC's Heywire winners for 2021

Thursday 11 February, 2021

ABC Heywire celebrates 35 young regional Australians in its 2021 storytelling competition. 
 
Since 1998, Heywire has become a powerful platform for rural youth to share their stories and make a difference in their communities. 
 
This year, hundreds of people entered from across Australia. The winners were chosen for “telling it like it is” about life in their part of the country. 
 

The ABC Country Hour is 75 years old this week

Tuesday 01 December, 2020

Australia’s longest-running radio program, The Country Hour, celebrates 75 years on air this week with special editions of all seven of its state and territory shows.

Lee Glendinning will join the ABC to lead delivery of regional and local content

Wednesday 09 September, 2020

The ABC has appointed former Executive Editor at The Guardian, Lee Glendinning, as the Head of Content Curation & Platforms in its Regional & Local division.

ABC Radio will not cover the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Wednesday 13 November, 2019

ABC Radio will not be covering the Olympics next year, due to cost pressures.

For the first time since the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, the ABC will not have a live radio broadcast of the Games, with the national broadcaster citing "budget pressures and the changing broadcast environment" as reasons not to bid for the non-commercial radio rights. Channel Seven is the top level rights holder in Australia.

An ABC statement said:

Vale John Spence

Tuesday 01 October, 2019
The ABC’s Senior Researcher in Archives, John Spence, died peacefully over the weekend. 
 
In a note to staff, ABC Director Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, wrote
 
As a Senior Radio Researcher in Archives, John was one of those people who connected in so many ways with so many people over the 30 plus years he worked here.  He has always been the first person our program teams would go to for help with archival material and his knowledge of ABC Radio’s history was second-to-none.
 

It isn’t business as usual on ABC Radio: Judith Whelan

Thursday 22 August, 2019
Judith Whelan has replaced Michael Mason as Director of ABC Regional & Local.
 
In this role she runs most, but not all, of the ABC’s radio services.
 
radioinfo’s Steve Ahern sat down with Whelan to discuss her priorities and find out more about her transition from print to broadcast.
 

Judith Whelan appointed ABC's Director of Regional and Local

Thursday 11 July, 2019

Judith Whelan has been confirmed as Director of ABC Regional & Local, replacing Michael Mason.

She has been acting in the role since Mason retired last November.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson says Whelan’s considerable experience in senior media roles at the Sydney Morning Herald and more recently managing television, radio and digital content at the ABC, has made her the perfect choice for the role. 

ABC and AFTRS 2019 Selwyn Speight Scholarship winner

Wednesday 29 May, 2019

Sudanese refugee Natal Jimma has been announced as this year’s recipient of the AFTRS/ABC Selwyn Speight Diversity Scholarship.
 
The scholarship is made available through a $20,000 bequest from the late, distinguished ABC journalist Selwyn Speight.
 
Currently completing AFTRS 2019 Graduate Diploma in Radio, Natal’s interest in radio began in Sudan and includes over five years’ experience at university and community radio stations in Australia.
 

Judith Whelan joins ABC Radio

Thursday 13 October, 2016

Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan, has been appointed ABC Radio's Head of Spoken Content, to oversee its talk networks and programs.

Judith will provide editorial and creative direction to meet the overall strategic goals of ABC Radio and the wider corporation. 

As Head of Spoken Content, Whelan will be responsible for ABC Radio’s flagship programs within the Capital City radio network, Grandstand and the ideas network RN. 

The appointment as Head of Spoken Content completes ABC Radio’s executive restructure.

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