Mark Collier, who has been something of a divisive figure at ABC radio in his five years as head of talk networks, sent this email to various staff in ABC radio yesterday:

Dear All

As some are aware, my partner, who is MD of the Canadian Tourism Commission, is being posted to the organisation’s head office in Vancouver in an expanded regional marketing role covering Asia. She moves to Canada early next month.

I have been considering whether to cross the Pacific too and, while deciding to keep a base in Australia, I do intend to spend considerable time with her in Canada and Asia during 2006 and beyond, more time than I could afford if I were to continue in my role at the ABC.

So it is with mixed feelings that I advise you that I will be leaving the ABC on Friday 16 December, 2005.

My five years with the organisation have delivered great satisfaction, vastly outweighing the occasional frustrations that we all experience. It has been a priceless learning experience and leaves me with memories I will cherish.

Many thanks for your work, your thoughts, your support and, in many cases, your company and friendship during that time.

The Director of Radio will advise later today what arrangements will be put in place following my departure.

I wish you all continued success and satisfaction in the future.

Kind regards

Mark Collier

And it was with something approaching stunned optimism that workers in ABC Radio learned that Collier would not be replaced and that his position would be absorbed into an expanded role for Kate Dundas, who will takeover the expanded role of “head of National networks managing triple J, Class FM and Radio national and News Radio.” ABC Local radio remains under the control of Michael Mason.

This significant re-organisation was revealed in this email from, Sue Howard, the Director of ABC radio:

Dear Colleagues

I wish to advise you that after 5 years with ABC Radio, Mark Collier has decided to leave the ABC, his last day with us will be December 16th. Mark’s partner is moving to Canada and naturally, he wishes to spend more time with her than his role with the ABC will allow. Mark’s contribution to ABC Radio and in particular, to the National Networks, has been immense. I will miss his energy, commitment and passion for radio enormously and wish him the very best in his new endeavours.

As a result of Mark’s departure, Kate Dundas will take over the expanded role of Head, National Networks, managing Triple J, Classic FM, Radio National and NewsRadio. This change will be effective from December 16th. Many of you will already know Kate and be aware of her extraordinary capabilities. I know she will continue the work commenced by Mark and his team and will bring her own style and direction to the new role.

Sue Howard

Director, ABC Radio