Richard Finlayson, the director of ABC TV, has announced his departure from the national broadcaster after three years in the role.
In a statement released today, Finlayson said he had handed his resignation to ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie. Finlayson said: “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.”
Finlayson joined the ABC as Director of Television in 2013. He has worked in media since 1985, beginning his career as a print journalist in regional NSW. He has built and sold his own successful media and television production business, and worked for some years in subscription television. In 2009, he became Chief Operating Officer at the SBS. In his time at SBS Richard significantly increased commercial revenue, led its growing subscription television business, and spearheaded the network’s expansion onto emerging digital platforms.
It is understood he will step down in March.
Statement from Richard Finlayson, ABC Director Television
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.