Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Torney as the ABC’s new Director of News, and the appointment of Kate Dundas as the ABC’s new Director of Radio. I am delighted that Kate Torney and Kate Dundas, with their extensive media experience in News and Radio respectively and their deep understanding of the ABC, will take on these key roles. Both will make great contributions to the ABC Leadership team.
I am also delighted that we have been able to make these appointments from within the ABC. Kate Torney’s experience managing the largest cross-platform international newsroom in the Asia Pacific region, responsible for over 60 journalists, together with her strong background in current affairs as the Executive Producer of Insiders and Offsiders, made her the ideal candidate to extend the opportunities offered by digital media into our ABC newsrooms.
Kate brings the unique experience of introducing cutting edge broadcast technology to the Australia Network newsroom which will be invaluable as the ABC continues to expand its capacity to deliver news to our audiences when and where they want it, be it on television, radio, online, or mobile.
Kate Dundas was an ideal choice for the position of Director Radio; she brings a depth of experience in the area of strategic reform, and a solid knowledge of content creation and editorial policies in her previous role working with the ABC’s national radio networks, making her an outstanding candidate for this position.
Kate’s work in the role of Director People and Learning, where she has worked hard over the last 18 months to encourage a culture of mentoring and staff development will be important as the review of the ABC Radio division continues in the coming months. Kate will continue this work from the Radio division where the opportunities of new technology and the implementation of digital radio can be fully explored.
The ABC is currently in a strong position and we want to maintain that leadership in digital media, capitalising on our strengths in the key content areas of News and Radio — the work of the Directors of News and Radio will be integral in this endeavour. Both have also demonstrated a commitment to the ABC’s new values as an independent media organisation of integrity, respect, working together between divisions in a collegiate manner, and the ability to foster creativity and innovation amongst our staff.
Kate Torney will begin her role as the Director of News on 14 April, and Kate Dundas will begin her role as Director Radio immediately.
I hope you will all join me in congratulating them both and welcoming them to their new positions.
Regards Mark Scott