Ollie Wards departs triple j, Laura McAuliffe named acting CD
Triple j has a new content director, with the public broadcaster announcing Laura McAuliffe will replace Ollie Wards in the position for the next six months.
Wards leaves triple j after 10 years. He started as the producer for Tom & Alex on Breakfast in 2010.
In 2012 he moved into programming and has worked across areas including talent scouting and show development for shows including Matt & Alex, Ben & Liam, Sally & Erica, Veronica & Lewis and Hobba & Hing.
Wards has since launched new programs including Good Nights and The Hook Up, as well as coming up with ideas like triple j’s Requestival and Ausmusic TShirt Day.
He also helped shift the triple j Hottest 100 away from Australia Day in a landmark move.
“It’s been an absolute honour to work with the best in the biz at triple j, as one of the caretakers of an institution that means so much to our audience and the music industry,” Wards said.
“I’ll still be listening, but from now on I’ll just have to text in feedback like everyone else!”
His replacement is Laura McAuliffe, who becomes acting CD for the next six months.
She started at the ABC in 2007 as an intern at ABC Illawarra and has since held positions including ABC Sydney senior producer and ABC Audio Studios supervising producer.
McAuliffe recently coordinated the upcoming Four Corners and triple j Hack collaboration.
“We’re always standing on the shoulders of giants at triple j,” McAuliffe said.
“Ollie leaves behind an incredible legacy and big shoes to fill, but I couldn’t be more excited to step up and continue the good work,” she added.
As for what’s next for Ollie Wards, he’ll be creating a television dram series based on his #1 ABC Podcast Unravel True Crime: Snowball.
His final day at the station is this Friday, August 21.