Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced Kim Williams to replace Ita Buttrose as ABC chair.
Williams, the former News Limited CEO, was nominated by an independent panel to replace Buttrose who ends her term in March. He has been appointed for five years.
The Prime Minister said at a press conference on Wednesday January 24th that Williams is “a perfect fit for the role”.
“He is as much at home running media companies as he is running arts organisations and, indeed, a former AFL Commissioner, so engaged in sport as well.”
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, also at the press conference, acknowledged the tenure of the Buttrose:
“Ms Buttrose is a giant of the media and business worlds. She has shown steady leadership for five years. She’s maintained a strong defence of the ABC’s independence.
She was the right chair for the right time.”
Kim Williams picture: ABC News – John Gunn