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ABC MD Mark Scott will step down in 2016

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Mark Scott has confirmed that he will be stepping down in 2016 after ten years in the position.

In an email to his staff, Scott stated, “Earlier this year I indicated to the Board that I was planning to leave the ABC at the end of my second term which is in the middle of 2016.In the interim, there is a lot to be done, with a number of big projects underway. I am particularly focused on our audience strategy, the development of our digital offerings, hitting our budget targets and making the case for tri-funding.”

In order to ensure a smooth succession and an effective handover next year, the Board will shortly commence the process to select the next Managing Director.  Scott thinks that now is the appropriate time to confirm to ABC staff his notification to the Board and his timetable for departure.

Scott went on to praise ABC’s services from dramas, documentaries and comedies to radio, to news and digital apps. He underlined that “the success of the ABC is due to the passion of its staff and a clear focus on delivering for our audiences everywhere; from the largest cities, to the smallest country towns and those tuning in around the world. That focus will be our continuing priority in the months ahead.”