Respected media executive Claire Gorman is the new Head International Services at the ABC, an expanded role that reflects the ABC’s commitment to communities in the Indo-Pacific region.
Claire has been acting in the role of Head International Strategy since November, when the previous Head, David Hua left the ABC. This new expanded role will manage both the International Strategy team and the International Development team.
David Hua led the ABC’s international services including ABC Radio Australia, ABC Australia (TV), and digital services until moving to a new role as SBS Director of Audio and Language Content in November.
Claire’s impressive career at the ABC over almost two decades has included Policy Advisor for ABC Radio, Senior Investigator at A&CA, Policy and Strategy Manager in Commercial, Editorial Policies Advisor, and Manager International Strategy.
ABC Director of Strategy Mark Tapley says Claire will bring many years of experience both inside and outside the ABC to the role.
He says: “Bringing together the two internationally-focussed teams in the ABC – International Development and International Strategy – demonstrates the ABC’s full commitment to audiences and the media sector in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Given her experience in Canberra in development assistance and researching human rights, and her work across PNG, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia, Claire is an excellent candidate for this role.”
“The new Head International Services, with the support of the Corporation, will be focussed on continuing to strengthen our portfolio of international channels, to enhance our digital offering, and to engage with the media sectors across the Indo-Pacific region, and indeed globally.”
Claire will officially start as Head International Services on Monday 24 May.