Businesswoman, journalist and former magazine editor Ita Buttrose is the new chair of the ABC, with the prime minister declaring she has the “strength, integrity and fierce independence” needed to do the job.
“Australians trust Ita, I trust Ita, and that’s why I’ve asked her to take on this role,” Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
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Her appointment comes despite her not being included on a shortlist of recommendations for the position given to the federal government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the 77-year-old’s appointment to the public broadcaster’s top job on Thursday, despite her not being included on a shortlist of recommendations for the position given to the government.
Mr Morrison said Buttrose had a passion, deep knowledge and empathy for Australians and that she has also demonstrated a commitment throughout her media career – which began at age 15 in a copywriting job at the Australian Women’s Weekly – to putting her audience first.
“That’s what the ABC needs to do too,” he said.
The former editor of Cleo and Australian Women’s Weekly magazines and The Daily Telegraph said she’s honoured to be leading the broadcaster.
“I consider it one of the most important cultural and information organisations in this country,” Ms Buttrose said.