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A decade since his turbulent time as News Corp boss, Kim Williams named for ABC’s hot seat

Former News Limited CEO Kim Williams has been named the new chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, replacing Ita Buttrose.

Jan 24, 2024, updated Jan 24, 2024
Former News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams speaks at the QUT Leaders Forum in Brisbane. This was Mr Williams' first public engagement since he abruptly departed News Corp Australia in August after only 20 months in the top job. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Former News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams speaks at the QUT Leaders Forum in Brisbane. This was Mr Williams' first public engagement since he abruptly departed News Corp Australia in August after only 20 months in the top job. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

The prime minister made the announcement on Wednesday morning.

“Kim Williams – of all the people who were forwarded potentially as candidates for this position – shares a life experience and a breadth of capacity that he will bring to this role,” Anthony Albanese told reporters.

“That is similar to why Ita Buttrose was chosen for that job by the former government – a choice that we accepted and supported.”

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Mr Albanese also paid tribute to the outgoing chair.

“I pay tribute to the outgoing chairperson Ms Ita Buttrose,” he said.

“She has shown steady leadership for five years as she has maintained a strong defence of the ABC’s independence.

“She was the right chair for the right time and we wish her well in all her future endeavours.”

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