SBS Chair, Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO, concludes ten years of serving on the SBS Board on 2 June 2020.
He departs having come to the end of the ten-year limit of service as outlined in the SBS Act, including the last three years as Chair of the organisation, and as Deputy Chair prior to that.
On his departure, SBS Managing Director, James Taylor, said: “I’d like to congratulate Hass, on behalf of the Board and the organisation, on reaching the remarkable milestone of a decade of service on the SBS Board, and thank him for the significant contribution he has made to the evolution of the organisation.
“Hass has a deep understanding and appreciation of multicultural Australia, and extensive experience and genuine passion for driving social cohesion in this country. His endless energy and commitment to the reason SBS exists has inspired all those who have worked with him over the ten years, and particularly during the last few as Chair. He will be missed in the Boardroom and around the corridors of SBS, but his legacy will be lasting.”
Hass Dellal, said: “It has truly been an honour to have been the Chair and to have served on the Board of SBS during such a transformative period for the media sector, and a time of tremendous change and growth for the organisation.
“No other media organisation provides the nuanced reflection and exploration of what it means to be Australian today, like SBS. Its ability to do so is built on 45 years of fostering relationships and authentic connections with Australia’s diverse communities, telling their stories and creating greater understanding and celebration of our differences as a nation.
“I have had so many proud moments, in particular, during these unprecedented times as SBS has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The content and services that SBS has been providing to keep so many Australians informed and safe exemplify its vital role and value to our society.
“I want to thank everyone at SBS – the Board, the Executive team, and all of the incredible staff throughout the organisation – for their ongoing support. It has been a privilege to work with people so passionate about the work that they do, and who have such an unrelenting belief in the purpose and Charter of SBS. I may no longer be on the Board, but I will continue to be an avid audience member and ambassador for SBS.”