Mandi Wicks appointed SBS director of news & current affairs

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Mandi Wicks

Former radio journalist Mandi Wicks is the new director of news and current affairs at SBS.

Wicks moves from her role as director of audio and language content, and will begin her new role in September, 2020, replacing Jim Carroll.

She has already spent a decade at SBS, working across various news, editorial and management roles.

“Mandi is an exceptional leader and innovator, with an unimpeachable commitment to news, broadcasting and to serving Australian communities,” SBS managing director James Taylor said.

“Mandi demonstrates an unrelenting dedication to SBS’s purpose in everything she does. Mandi’s leadership of a diverse and complex team of over 300 staff – and their unrivalled connections with communities – is critical to SBS’s unique offering in the Australian media landscape.

“Her pursuit of excellence, trusted leadership and digital expertise will continue to be invaluable to SBS as we continue to strengthen our commitment to communities.” 

Wicks began her career as a journo and newsreader, with experience at Macquarie Radio and Southern Cross Austereo.

She also served as the general manager for DMG Radio (now NOVA Entertainment), and help to launch the Nova Network.

“It is a great privilege to lead the SBS News and Current Affairs team – a talented and dedicated team that delivers world-class and award-winning journalism, comprehensive and trusted coverage of local and international news and events, and distinctive stories that are inclusive of contemporary Australia,” Wicks said.

“There is no other news provider that understands and reflects Australia like SBS, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to ensure we continue to play a crucial role in providing diverse perspectives from Australia and around the globe, in service of the SBS Charter.”

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