TV chief Richard Finlayson quits the ABC

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve our audiences”

Richard Finlayson, ABC Director Television, has shocked colleagues and the production sector by revealing he is to depart the broadcaster.

Finlayson released this statement this morning:

I have decided that after more than three very satisfying and rewarding years as Director of ABC TV, it is time to move on to the next stage of my career.

After a short break at Christmas I indicated to the Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, that as I finalise my next venture we should begin arrangements for my departure.

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve our audiences and work with the best talent in the industry.  I am very confident I leave the business well positioned to succeed.

We have an outstanding slate of original programs across every genre that has won unprecedented recognition and is attracting major international interest. I am very proud of distinctive and quality programs like The Secret River, The Code and Cleverman that have gone to air during my time as Director.

Amid fierce competition, iview remains the number one TV VOD service in the country with more than 50 hours of brilliant, original shows as well two new Kids apps that are already loved by children and parents.

We have learned how to make valuable funds go further and have made tough decisions that are the seeds of future success within an industry that is undergoing rapid change.

Most of all, I’m proud of the incredible team in ABC TV that we have recruited, nurtured and developed. I know that the future of ABC TV and the national broadcaster is in highly capable hands.

I will be assisting Michelle on transition arrangements through to the end of March.

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