ARN’s National News Director, Deborah Clay, has resigned and will finish on February 14th to write a book.
Deborah was appointed Sydney/Brisbane News Director in 2016 before moving into her current role a year later.
In an announcement to staff, ARN’s Chief Content Officer, Duncan Campbell says her resignation “…was more than a surprise, it was a shock.”
He says her contribution to ARN “…has been exceptional and one of her biggest achievements was setting up the 96FM newsroom from scratch, recruiting staff and establishing the station’s editorial strategy.”
Campbell says that perhaps her biggest contribution is in the role of industry mentor, highlighted by pitching her idea of the Brian White Scholarship to Commercial Radio Australia.
ARN will be recruiting for a new National News Director soon, watch our job ads for details when they are available.
Deborah thanked friends on Instagram, saying she has been ‘blown away’ by the reaction to her news.
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Her Instagram message thanked Duncan Campbell, Derek Bargwanna and her colleagues in the newsroom:
In what could be the most heart-warming farewell message from a boss you will ever read, Chief Content Officer Duncan Campbell has shared a post to staff expressing his surprise and shock over our 10am teams meeting yesterday, in which I resigned. Duncan, there’s never a dull moment in radio and our lively conversations often leave us challenging propositions and coming up with the next exciting idea for the business. We understand each other and have had a lot of fun exchanging views. Thank you.
The reaction was similar from DB, the KIIS Content Director, when I told him – complete shock… thank you for your belief in my talent and the unwavering professional support.
As for the news team, I will miss you. I have been a News Director for nearly 11 years, the last 6 at ARN. The opportunity to work with diverse and gifted journalists around the country is a source of daily happiness and pride… We have a special culture in the newsroom.