Director of ABC Radio Kate Dundas today announced her resignation from the role and intention to leave the ABC in July this year.
Appointed to the role by ABC Managing Director Mark Scott in February 2009, Kate has held a number of senior roles with the organisation over two separate periods. With a deep knowledge of the media industry built over her time as General Manager – Metropolitan Stations, General Manager – Policy & Development, Regional Services and Head National Networks – triple j, Classic FM, NewsRadio & Radio National, Kate has overseen a period of innovation and growth for ABC Radio.
Key highlights during Kate’s time as Director Radio include record audience levels. In 2008 ABC Radio had a combined share of 21.2% and a combined reach of 3.815 million. By end 2013 it had grown to a combined share of 24.6% and a combined reach of 4.654 million, the highest share and reach on record.
Kate initiated comprehensive editorial and operational reviews of ABC Radio. She led the development of major strategic plans that drove product & service innovations which have included online streaming players & mobile apps; the soon to be launched Double J; the creation of ABC Open; a new ABC Rural portal; RN’s digital tablet magazine White Paper; and the development of a strong presence across social media channels for ABC Radio services. Another feature of Kate’s leadership was ABC Radio’s engagement with major aid organisations to support national fundraising efforts. Major on-air and online campaigns with UNICEF, Red Cross, UNHCR and other organisations during the Pakistan floods, East Africa and Syria Appeals saw millions raised in additional financial support from ABC audiences across Australia.
“While a difficult decision to reach, I feel it is absolutely the right time for me to hand over the stewardship of what is obviously my favourite part of the ABC. I have no other firm plans in place at this stage, other than to take a short break and then consider what other interesting challenges there are for me to do.” said Kate Dundas today.
“It’s been a truly great experience, a wonderful ride in fact and a privilege to lead such talented and dedicated teams that work so hard each day to engage audiences in more ways than ever before. We’ve achieved much together and put strategies in place to ensure audiences continue to enjoy what ABC Radio is able to offer into the future.”
ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said “Kate has been an inspired leader of ABC Radio and a much valued member of the ABC Executive over the last five years. She always said she felt five years was about the right period of time to serve as the head of Radio – and I am disappointed I have been unable to change her mind about that.”
“Her track record in terms of audience impact and innovation speaks for itself. Day-in, day-out the ABC’s radio services create a deep, personal connection between millions of Australians and the public broadcaster.”
“We will all miss the intelligent, insightful and compassionate contribution Kate has made as a leader at the ABC. She has been a tireless supporter of her team in radio and backed talented people to do extraordinary things. They have returned her support with great admiration and respect – and outstanding work.”
Kate will finish at the ABC in July 2014. While taking up a scholarship with the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship through the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne, she intends to consider other professional opportunities to which she can apply her energy and experience.
Nick Leys, Media Manager,
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