Mark Scott (businessman)

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Mark Scott
Mark Scott at University of Melbourne by Stevage.jpg
Scott speaking at the University of Melbourne in 2014
Born Mark Walter Scott
(1962-10-09) 9 October 1962 (age 52)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater
Employer Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Title Managing Director
Term 1 July 2006 (2006-07-01) – present
Predecessor Russell Balding
Spouse(s) Briony Scott

Mark Walter Scott, AO (born 9 October 1962) is the Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, since 2006.[1] Prior to commencing at the ABC, Scott had previously held a senior role at Fairfax Media, responsible for the editorial content of the group's major newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age.

Early career and background[edit]

Educated at Knox Grammar School, Scott worked for the New South Wales Greiner Liberal government, as chief of staff to the Education Minister, Virginia Chadwick, and as a senior adviser to education minister, Terry Metherell.[2]

In 2010 he was appointed to a second five-year term as the ABC's Managing Director.[3] His time at the ABC has been marked by extensive change, including the creation of ABC3, a digital TV channel for children, and the 24-hour news channel ABC News 24, as well as a major expansion into digital and on-line technology and an expansion of quality drama.[4][5] Scott has been a strong defender of the value of social media in journalism[6] and skeptical on the capacity of news organisations to charge for content they have previously provided free of charge.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

On 13 June 2011, Scott was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to media and communications, and to the community through advisory and governance roles with a range of social justice and educational bodies.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Scott is married to Briony Scott, the principal of Wenona School, a private day and boarding school for girls.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney; and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.[9]


Media offices
Preceded by
Russell Balding
Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation