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Mark Scott (businessman)

Mark Scott
AO
Scott speaking at the University of Melbourne in 2014
Born Mark Walter Scott
(1962-10-09) 9 October 1962
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.

Contents

  • Early career and background 1
  • Cuts to the ABC 2
  • Awards and honours 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5

Early career and background

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

Media offices
Preceded by
Russell Balding
Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2006–present
Incumbent
  1. ^ "Mr Mark Scott". Our people.  
  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".  
  4. ^ Meade, Amanda (29 October 2010). "Mark Scott's ABC contract extended".  
  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. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-24/abc-adelaide-television-studios-to-close-after-55-years/5913624
  11. ^ http://watvhistory.com/2011/01/update-demolition-of-abw-channel-2-studios-in-perth-wa/
  12. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/abc-tv-closes-tas-production-unit/4381976
  13. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/ratings-fight-sees-abcs-new-730-lose-to-the-old/story-fna045gd-1227254122835
  14. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-19/abc-funding-cuts-announced-by-malcolm-turnbull/5902774
  15. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/abc-cuts-local-content-to-remain-as-100-more-jobs-to-go/story-e6frg996-1227371443108
  16. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/abcs-death-by-a-thousand-cuts-the-work-of-political-bastardry-20141124-11so0m.html
  17. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/abc-chief-mark-scott-defends-cuts-at-senate-hearing-20141201-11xo6t.html
  18. ^ "Mark Scott AO". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  19. ^ http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/graduation/speakers/2009/mark-scott.html

References

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.[19]

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

Personal life

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.[18]

Awards and honours

Responding to 2014 Liberal Government budget cuts of $254 million over 5 years,[14] Mark Scott axed ABC Radio National program Bush Telegraph[15] and five regional radio outposts.[16] 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.[17]

In November 2014, as Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mark Scott announced that after 55 years, the Adelaide ABC television studios would be closed.[10] The announcement, following the 2011 demolition of the ABC TV facility in Perth[11] and the 2012 closure of Tasmania's TV production unit[12] also revealed the end of state based current affairs show 730 Report (state editions).[13]

Cuts to the ABC

In September 2015, Scott announced he would be retiring as managing director and would be leaving the ABC in mid-2016.[9]

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