The ABC has appointed Craig McMurtrie as its editorial director.
McMurtrie takes over from Alan Sunderland, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career with the national public broadcaster.
Acting ABC managing director David Anderson paid tribute to Sunderland and welcomed McMurtrie to the crucial role.
He said: “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have a person of the calibre of Alan Sunderland holding this position at the ABC in recent years.
“I’m delighted to announce as his successor Craig McMurtrie, a distinguished journalist and one of the ABC’s most respected editorial leaders”.
McMurtrie said: “The ABC’s role as Australia’s trusted national voice is more vital than ever, and it’s an honour and also humbling to be given such a responsibility.