Ita Buttrose named as new chair of the ABC

'Captain's call': Former ABC heavyweight slams Ita Buttrose appointment

'Captain's call': Former ABC heavyweight slams Ita Buttrose appointment

I join with all ABC employees in welcoming Ita Buttrose to this important role.

She was named Australian of the Year in 2013 in tribute to her groundbreaking media career and role in raising awareness of health and media issues.

When Mr Abbott attacked the ABC for inaccurately reporting that the Australian navy had burnt refugee's hands in 2014, Ms Buttrose said she did not think it was appropriate for Mr Abbott to order then-managing director Mark Scott to apologise.

Began her media career as a 15-year-old copy girl at the Australian Women's Weekly, before landing a spot as a cadet journalist on the women's section of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. Ms Buttrose has also served on the board of News Ltd, on the Advisory Board of the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry and as Director and board members for a range of charities including the National Breast Cancer Centre Advisory Network, The Smith Family and Alzheimer's Australia.

Ferguson added: "Ita Buttrose is one of the greats of Australian media-and an iconic, widely admired Australian".

Ms Buttrose had not applied for the job or been short-listed by the firm paid $163,000 to find a candidate.

Named chair of the ABC on February 28, 2019, under a five-year contract.

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"We remain committed to outstanding news and current affairs, hosting conversations that inform the public, and delivering compelling content that is distinctive, high-quality and Australian". "We all know that, and the ABC has a part of that and it's already working very hard in this field and I don't intend that it shouldn't keep doing so".

The appointment process was rushed through after the sacking of Managing Director Michelle Guthrie and the resignation of Chair Justin Milne.

The nomination panel process was first introduced by Labor in 2010 in an effort to de-politicise appointments at the ABC and SBS. Buttrose's term is part-time for five years.

"If there's not a close relationship between the chair and the managing director, you can not make an organisation work efficiently and well". "I'm a passionate believer in the independence of the ABC".

Cox said Buttrose's strength lied in her ability to navigate the politics of Canberra but noted her limited experience in digital media.

"Repeated government interference in appointments to the ABC makes a mockery of an independent process aimed at finding the best person for the job, ".

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