ABC chair Ita Buttrose has appointed David Anderson as the public broadcaster’s managing director, ending a widespread search after a turbulent period.
The ABC’s managing director role has been vacant for more than seven months since Michelle Guthrie was sacked from the almost $1 million a year position in September, and there had been widespread speculation about who would replace the former Google executive.
Mr Anderson has been the ABC’s acting managing director since Ms Guthrie’s role was terminated. He will take the role for a five-year term and will need to provide stability to the broadcaster, after former chairman Justin Milne resigned over allegations he had attempted to sack journalists the government didn’t like.
There had been speculation potential candidates for the job included former Fairfax Media editors Darren Goodsir, Paul Ramadge and Peter Fray, and Victorian state library executive Kate Torney.