SBS has started the unenviable task of finding a replacement for departing managing director Michael Ebeid, who announced his resignation earlier this month. Ebeid spent seven years in the role after a surprise appointment from his previous role as a corporate strategist at the ABC.
Optus' World Cup disaster was SBS' gain this year, but the change comes at a difficult time for the network. Commercial networks are baying for changes to the SBS charter in submissions to the competitive neutrality inquiry. They want SBS On Demand (the online catch-up service), advertising share, and television content rules to be overhauled by rewriting the charter.