Michael Carrington has announced his departure from ABC after 6 years with the broadcaster and 4 years in his role as Director of Entertainment & Specialist.
In a letter to staff, he announced that he would leave in July to return to the manufacturing sector.
Bluey, retirement home for 4 year olds, Fisk and the newsreader are just some of the programs he ordered during his tenure. He was also the main driving force behind the 2021 release of the ABC Diversity and Inclusion Commissioning Guidelines, which allowed for more diverse faces, voices, cultures and stories to be reflected on screen.
“In my four years as Director Entertainment & Specialist, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead E&S in executing ABC’s five-year plan to transform us from a 90-year-old traditional broadcaster to the nation’s most trusted and valued content provider across the globe. whole world. all platforms,” he wrote.
“It is thanks to the hard work of everyone on this team that we have been able to realize the five-year plan by strengthening our creative teams, aligning our linear and digital platforms, developing ABC iview into a true video-on-demand platform, improving our business, and most importantly, continuing to live up to our reputation as the home of exceptional Australian content. All of this has laid a strong foundation for the ABC to connect with and build a new audience for the future.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your creativity and dedication. It has been my incredible privilege to watch E&S rise above the challenges to always deliver the best for our audience, and I leave the ABC with full confidence that you will continue to do so.
“I am also indebted to the wonderful local independent producers, writers and artists I have had the privilege of working with over the years. It will remain a personal highlight to support this incredible industry during the challenges of COVID with the launch of the $5 million Fresh Start Fund, which has supported over 200 Australian productions and new content ideas.
“The ABC has always been and will continue to be an inspiration to me, and I am grateful to have had this experience and to be able to share it with all of you.”
ABC Managing Director David Anderson said: “Michael is a thoughtful, inclusive and creative leader, and the impact of his decisions can be seen in the vibrant array of programming ABC has delivered to the public under his leadership.
“Many of those decisions were made in response to the COVID pandemic and Michael showed great leadership during this time.
“Michael is highly regarded and I know everyone at the ABC wishes him the best for the next step in his already dynamic career.”
ABC Head of Factual Jennifer Collins will act as Acting Director of Entertainment & Specialist in his absence.
“I have no doubt that Jen will continue to push our team forward as we shape the future of the ABC for our audience,” Carrington said.