ABC current affairs boss Denise Eriksen quits. The ABC’s head of current affairs, Denise Eriksen, who has been in the role for less than one year, stepped down today. Here is the full statement from the ABC:

The ABC’s Head of Current Affairs, Denise Eriksen, has today tendered her resignation for personal reasons.

“The recent successful launch of two new business programs and the appointment of a new Executive Producer for 7.30 means my immediate work is complete and it’s an appropriate time for me to leave,” said Ms Eriksen. “I’ve relished working with the amazing team in ABC Current Affairs — on television and radio. They are second to none in bringing the stories Australia needs to hear to our audiences — professionally and with dedication and determination. Long may that continue and I wish them all good things in the future.

“But for now, events in my personal life mean that the time is not right for me to continue in this job. I’ve had eight fantastic years in senior executive positions both here at the ABC and at SBS, but it’s time now to explore other options for my professional life — including those which allow me to work again at the coal face of content creation.”

Denise returned to the ABC in 2010, initially helping relaunch 7.30 and then leading the current affairs stable of programs across radio, television and online. She helped guide the changes to ABC News business coverage, including reformatting Inside Business with Alan Kohler, and working with the business team and ABC News 24 to develop The Business with Ticky Fullerton.

“I want to thank her for her contribution to ABC News and for the drive, energy and commitment she has shown over the past 18 months,” said Director of ABC News, Kate Torney. “Denise brought wide-ranging experience to the role and injected a great deal of energy into the job of leading our talented current affairs teams. I wish her all the very best for the future.”

Denise will leave the ABC on March 30, 2012.

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