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ABC Australia’s Richard Finlayson resigns

ABC Australia’s director of television, Richard Finlayson  has resigned his position, with his departure planned for March. In a statement on the pubcaster’s website, Finlayson said it is “time to move on ...
January 20, 2017

ABC Australia’s director of television, Richard Finlayson  has resigned his position, with his departure planned for March.

In a statement on the pubcaster’s website, Finlayson said it is “time to move on to the next stage” of his career. There is no word yet on where he’ll be headed or who will be replacing him. Requests for comment were not returned at press time.

Finlayson joined the Aussie pubcaster as director of television in 2013, following an eight-year stint SBS TV, first as director of communications, then as chief operating officer. Prior to that, he was the director of program acquisitions at XYZ Networks.

At ABC, he was responsible for commissioning and acquiring content for its various channels, including ABCs 1 through 3, and ABC4Kids.

Most recently, Finlayson led the change with in-house science unit Catalyst, changing the long-running factual format produced in-house to 17 hour-long episodes, from a weekly 30-minute series, resulting in nine positions becoming redundant, according to a release at the time.

In September, the pubcaster brought aboard two new commissioning editors, Julie Hanna and Stephen Oliver, to bolster the factual slate, which counts such unscripted series as David Attenborough’s The Great Barrier Reef, Dream Gardens and Man Up among its programming offerings.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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