Jennifer Collins, former head of factual and head of entertainment at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is returning to the pubcaster to take the newly created role of head of factual and culture.
Collins, most recently director of content at Fremantle Australia, will take on the post that was first announced in June, along with changes at the network that are bringing the entertainment and specialist factual teams together under one silo across platforms, including TV, digital and radio. Her remit will include oversight of genres such as arts, religion, science, education, health, history and social affairs.
She had served as head of factual at the pubcaster from 2009-2012, and head of entertainment from 2012-2013. She began her ABC career as head of development for arts, entertainment and comedy in 2008.
Upon leaving the network and prior to her Fremantle post, she held the position of head of non-fiction at Banijay-owned Australian prodco Screentime.
“Jen is well known and respected by ABC people and partners alike and her unique skills across multiple platforms will help drive our transition towards digital content and services,” said Michael Carrington, ABC’s director of entertainment and specialist, in a statement.
“I’ve always been deeply committed to public broadcasting and value the ABC’s unique contribution to Australia’s cultural life,” Collins added.
“I’m delighted to be back at the ABC to lead the factual and culture team, where I’ll be working with Australia’s best creative talent to deliver a rich and diverse slate of programming.”