Confirmed: Ita Buttrose replaces Justin Milne as ABC chair

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The ABC has today confirmed the appointment of Ita Buttrose AO OBE as its new Chair.

PM Scott Morrison announced that the Government will recommend the businesswoman, journalist and former magazine editor to the Governor-General.

Buttrose replaces Justin Milne, who departed the national broadcaster last year amid controversy following the sacking of managing director Michelle Guthrie.

“The ABC is one of the most important cultural and information organisations in Australia and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead it,” said Ms Buttrose in a statement.

Acting managing director David Anderson praised Ms Buttrose’s experience and leadership in welcoming her to the ABC.

“Ms Buttrose is an eminent Australian with vast experience as an editor and media executive,” he said.

“Her leadership of the ABC, a highly valued and trusted cultural institution, is welcomed.

“In an era of globalised commercial media, a strong independent ABC is vital. We remain committed to outstanding news and current affairs, hosting conversations that inform the public, and delivering compelling content that is distinctive, high-quality and Australian.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Kirstin Ferguson for her strong commitment to an independent ABC and the ongoing leadership and governance she has provided during her tenure as acting chair.”

For her part, Dr Ferguson welcomed the opportunity to work with the incoming chair and indicated that Buttrose will be instrumental in helping select a new MD.

“She will bring valuable experience to the ABC Board at a time when we will need to make significant strategic and leadership decisions, including the appointment of the new Managing Director, in coming months,” Ferguson said.

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