Mark Scott’s last day as ABC Managing Director

Mark Scott has left the building.

When he first began in the role one of his first tasks was to tackle a ‘cancer cluster’ in the ABC Brisbane studios. Scott has been responsible for slow evolution in some areas of the ABC and for drastic advances in others, such as the national broadcaster’s online and mobile offerings and embracing of new platforms. He now hands over to Michelle Guthrie.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield thanked Mark Scott for his ten years at the helm of Australia’s national broadcaster, saying:

During Mr Scott’s time at the helm, the ABC has evolved in a market defined by rapidly-changing technologies and consumer behaviour.

Under Mr Scott’s leadership, the ABC has undergone a significant transformation to serve Australian audiences in the digital age, with expansion in its services and reach across a diverse array of platforms, including 4 television channels, 4 national and 56 local radio services, 5 digital-only radio channels and a range of online and mobile services.

Specific initiatives included the creation of ABC3, a digital TV channel for children, ABC News 24, the introduction of iview and the expansion of Australian television drama and online news services.

A decade leading the national broadcaster is a significant achievement. The Government thanks Mr Scott for his service and wishes him all the best for his future endeavours.

In a farewell email to staff, Mark Scott said:

“The ABC’s best days lie ahead…

“The place pulses with committed, passionate and creative talent: the very best in the business.

The ABC is in great hands because – as has been the case for the past 10 years – it is in your hands. It will be sad not to be working with you every day, but I know I’ll be able to see what you are all up to – as I watch, listen and log in every day, along with millions of other Australians.”


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