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ABC Australia names new controller of children’s TV

Australia’s public broadcaster ABC has appointed BBC Worldwide’s director of content Deirdre Brennan as its new controller of children’s TV.

Ms Brennan is not new to the ABC, having previously spent six years as programmer for ABC Kids. She was also the former director of programming for Nickelodeon.

On her appointment, Ms Brennan said: “My three years’ experience at BBC Worldwide has been invaluable, but I am excited about the opportunity to return to ABC TV as Controller Children’s, an area of content that I hold a deep passion for. The ABC has an incredible connection with Australian children and families and I am thrilled to engage with this audience once again.”

Director of ABC TV Richard Finlayson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Deirdre back to the ABC. Her achievements and standing in Australia and internationally are exceptional and she will undoubtedly make an important contribution to the development of our children’s brands.”

Ms Brennan will take up the role in the new year.