ABC Names Helen Clifton Chief Digital and Information Officer

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie has announced the appointment of Helen Clifton to the new role of Chief Digital and Information Officer.

Helen joins the ABC with a wide range of skills and experience from a thirty-year media career across the UK, the Middle East and New Zealand. Since 2007 she has played a crucial role at TVNZ in Auckland as Chief Product and Information Officer where she was responsible for major business transformation and delivering the company’s largest technology projects.

Beginning her career in the UK, Helen has held many roles in television production and operations management including studio manager at LWT Granada’s London studios and Director of Operations for Aljazeera English Channel in Doha, Qatar where she led the team that delivered the first HD 24/7 global news channel from four broadcast centres around the world.

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said, “Helen brings a dynamic range of abilities to this role which is vital to the future development of the ABC.

“Like all media organisations, the ABC is undergoing a great period of transformation and is faced with a fast moving technological environment it must stay ahead of so it can remain an innovative and unique source of content.

“It was important from both an audience and an employee perspective that we found a candidate with the unique skills needed for this role and with Helen we have achieved this. We cannot wait for her to join us.”

Ms Clifton said, “The ABC plays a significant role in the lives of Australians and I am excited to be joining and leading a team that will deliver technological change and innovation for the benefit of audiences during a time of transformation in the media industry.”

The ABC’s Chief Financial Officer, Louise Higgins, will continue acting as Chief Technology Officer until Ms Clifton joins the ABC in September.



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