Joe Gelonesi appointed as content manager for ABC Classic and ABC Jazz

The ABC has appointed Joe Gelonesi to fill the position of ABC Classic and ABC Jazz content manager.

Replacing Toby Chadd, Gelonesi will now oversee network initiatives such as the Classic 100 and Jazz 100 countdowns, the annual Festival of Femme Composers, the ABC Jazz Artist in Residence program and the newly-launched Composer Commissioning Fund.

A key member of ABC Radio National’s executive editorial team for nearly two decades,  Gelonesi most recently held the position of manager of religion & ethics and was part of the team on triple j’s debut Hottest 100 countdown.

Gelonesi, who has also formerly presented on ABC Classic, rejoins the network as it enjoys its strongest audience reach figures ever, the network said.

He said he’s excited about the opportunity.

“The teams at ABC Classic and ABC Jazz have been brilliant at forging genuine community connections, supporting music makers – especially during the difficult times caused by COVID-19 – and engaging audiences across the country,” Gelonesi said.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to champion and support their efforts to bring Australians together through the wonderful, shared love of music.”

Gelonesi’s appointment also coincides with a new role for ABC’s head of music and creative development, Chris Scaddan, who will now drive audio projects across the ABC’s three content divisions.

Scaddan’s new role means that Meagan Loader, who manages Double J, Rage and ABC Country, will now act as head of music & creative development for the next 18 months, with Double J executive programs producer Ryan Eggan stepping up to cover her role during this period.

Scaddan welcomed Gelonesi, Loader and Eggan to their new roles, highlighting their expertise within the broadcasting sector.

“The talent and passion that they each possess is indicative of the whole team’s dedication to our audiences every day,” Scaddan said.

“After more than a year of uncertainty due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, listeners have turned to our networks for companionship, joy, inspiration and direction.

“The ABC’s role as an integral supporter of Australian music is more important than ever, as we plan for further success in the audio space for many years to come.”

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