Martin Buzacott departs ABC Classic for new adventures

Martin Buzacott has decided not to return to his mornings role on ABC Classic FM to continue adventuring, theatre going, dancing, and of course, cycling. It was announced at the start of this year that Buzacott would be back July 1, with Russell Torrance keeping the chair comfortable for his long time friend and colleague. Torrance will continue in the role.

Buzacott had been with the ABC for more than two decades authoring The Rite of Spring: 75 Years of ABC Music-Making, multiple documentaries profiling the Australian classical scene, and was also Manager of the ABC Classics label for a while as well.

ABC Classic Manager Kat McGuffie said:

“Martin has made an incredible contribution to the ABC and his departure will be keenly felt by us all. His deep knowledge of classical music and the connections he’s forged over decades of championing Australian artists are peerless. It has been an utter delight to work closely with Martin over the years and I’ll miss his outstanding professionalism, creativity, curiosity, humour and boundless energy and passion for the music. I’m confident its goodbye for now because no doubt we’ll be hearing from Martin again in the future.”

And Classic Breakfast presenter Megan Burslem said:

“I’ve never met anyone who cares so much; for his colleagues, his listeners, the music he plays, the artists he represents, the world at large. And that love never ever ever faded. Life is ALWAYS better when you’re with him. Martin, you changed my life in so many ways and I hope you always know deep in your heart just how magically influential you have been to so many, me included.”

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