Kim Dalton will finish at the national broadcaster in mid-February.The ABC’s director of television, Kim Dalton, has stepped down.
Mr Dalton has held the top post at the national broadcaster since 2006.
In that time he has has overseen the largest cultural and technological change in the broadcaster’s history, including the introduction of new digital channels ABC2, ABC4Kids and ABCNews24.
He will finish with the ABC in mid-February 2013.
Dalton is an industry veteran, with a background in film and television production in Australia and the UK. When he joined the ABC, then-managing director Russell Balding praised his broad experience in the medium.
Prior to joining the ABC he served as chief executive of the Australian Film Commission between 1999 and 2006.
Dalton’s boss, the ABC’s managing director Mark Scott, told staff in a statement that Mr Dalton would leave the ABC with a remarkable legacy of achievement.
“Kim has driven ABC television to create more compelling Australian content and deliver it to more Australians in more ways,” Scott said. “[Kim’s] advocacy was very important in putting together a coalition of support behind our successful funding bids.”
Mr Scott singled out the ABC’s return to form in its drama portfolio as one of Dalton’s most meaningful achievements.
Among those credits are the critically acclaimed series The Slap and Paper Giants, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Rake and the Jack Irish telemovie series.
Another major achievement is the launch of the iView platform, which delivers ABC content to the internet and via an iPad app. Since launching it has overtaken the online and app-based offerings of its commercial rivals, and now plays more than 12 million programs a month.
“Kim leaves us after a very strong year on ABC television, with audience share up on all networks and producing a highly distinctive slate of Australian content,” Scott said.
“I am pleased he will be in a position to continue to work with us on a consultancy basis as the ABC continues its transformation to be a great public broadcaster in the digital era.”
The ABC has not named a replacement.
Mr Scott said a search would begin immediately with the aim of appointing someone to the position in early 2013.
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