Kim Williams will be the new chair of the ABC, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced.
He will succeed Ita Buttrose who has served two terms at the public broadcaster and will step down in March.
Albanese said: “It’s vital our national broadcaster has a safe and experienced pair of hands at the helm – and that’s what Kim will provide.
Kim Williams (AM) has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries here and overseas and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, Foxtel, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Music Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.
Kim was the Chief Executive of Foxtel for the decade up until November 2011. At Foxtel he pioneered many of the major digital broadcast innovations in Australia and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian subscription television association ASTRA for his diverse contributions.
Kim has also held numerous Board positions (and Chairmanships) in commercial and public life over more than three decades including as Chairmen of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (which he founded in 1988); Chairman of MCN—the subscription television industry’s major advertising sales company; Chairman of each of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Musica Viva Australia; and most recently the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2005 until 2013.
He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. In October 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally. He is a previous recipient of the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from the Australian Business Arts Foundation and the Australian Writers Guild’s Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. His first book Rules of Engagement was published by Melbourne University Press in 2014.