Mark Scott (businessman)

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Mark Scott
AO
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 53)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Australian
Citizenship United States
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.

Career and background[edit]

Scott was born in 1962 in Los Angeles, and holds dual Australian and U.S. citizenship.[2]

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.[3]

In 2010 he was appointed to a second five-year term as the ABC's Managing Director.[4] 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.[5][6] Scott has been a strong defender of the value of social media in journalism[7] and skeptical on the capacity of news organisations to charge for content they have previously provided free of charge.[8]

In September 2015, Scott announced he would be retiring as managing director and would be leaving the ABC.[9] In December 2015, Michelle Guthrie was announced as Scott's replacement, and will take over the role in May 2016.[10]

Cuts to the ABC[edit]

In November 2014, as Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mark Scott announced that after 55 years, the Collinswood ABC television studios in South Australia would be closed.[11] The announcement, following the 2011 demolition of the ABC TV facility in Perth[12] and the 2012 closure of Tasmania's TV production unit[13] also revealed the end of state based current affairs show 7.30 Report (state editions) - Formally Stateline.[14]

Responding to 2014 Liberal Government budget cuts of $254 million over 5 years,[15] Mark Scott axed ABC Radio National program Bush Telegraph[16] and five regional radio outposts.[17] In a senate inquiry about the cuts, Mr Scott rejected claims that ABC management was using the Abbott Government's cuts as an excuse to pursue unpopular cost-saving initiatives.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Mark Scott". Our people. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Kissane, Karen (13 March 2010). "The ABC goes forth into a brave new world". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Scott of the ABC: A family affair of service". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 May 2006. 
  4. ^ Meade, Amanda (29 October 2010). "Mark Scott's ABC contract extended". The Australian. 
  5. ^ http://blogs.abc.net.au/abc_tv/2010/12/want-to-know-why-youll-turn-abc-tv-on-in-2011.html
  6. ^ http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/article-display/Social-Networker/3433
  7. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/25/3075798.htm
  8. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/0937_ansmith.pdf
  9. ^ "Mark Scott confirms he will step down as ABC managing director in 2016". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 14 September 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Google executive Michelle Guthrie to replace Mark Scott as ABC managing director". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-24/abc-adelaide-television-studios-to-close-after-55-years/5913624
  12. ^ http://watvhistory.com/2011/01/update-demolition-of-abw-channel-2-studios-in-perth-wa/
  13. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/abc-tv-closes-tas-production-unit/4381976
  14. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/ratings-fight-sees-abcs-new-730-lose-to-the-old/story-fna045gd-1227254122835
  15. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-19/abc-funding-cuts-announced-by-malcolm-turnbull/5902774
  16. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/abc-cuts-local-content-to-remain-as-100-more-jobs-to-go/story-e6frg996-1227371443108
  17. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/abcs-death-by-a-thousand-cuts-the-work-of-political-bastardry-20141124-11so0m.html
  18. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/abc-chief-mark-scott-defends-cuts-at-senate-hearing-20141201-11xo6t.html
  19. ^ "Mark Scott AO". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  20. ^ http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/graduation/speakers/2009/mark-scott.html
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Preceded by
Russell Balding
Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2006–present
Incumbent