The location of ABC’s headquarters was a major point of contention for the previous government, particularly due to a three-year funding freeze introduced in 2018. Newly appointed Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said more earlier this year that the CBA was meeting its charter obligations by relocating some staff. members in Parramatta.
The federal government is carrying out a feasibility study on whether to move multicultural broadcaster SBS to Western Sydney. At least four councils – Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta and Blacktown – are pushing to become SBS headquarters.
Stevens, the former executive producer of ABC’s flagship program 7:30 a.m., was named chief information officer in March. He replaced Gaven Morris, who spent his six years at the helm trying to scale the ABC for the online world.
Stevens said his primary goal would be to ensure audiences continue to trust the national broadcaster as it evolves.
“The challenge ahead of us is how to maintain the quality and impact of what we do, retain the public’s trust so that they continue to see immense value in what we do at a time when the public increasingly suspicious of institutions. Our journalists are generating more material than they’ve ever had because of the digital boom…we need to find a way to make that sustainable, but also to continue the trajectory of digital transformation.