Richard Finlayson resigns as ABC’s director of television

Richard Finlayson. 

ABC’s director of television Richard Finlayson has announced his resignation.

In a statement released today, Finlayson said that after more than three “very satisfying and rewarding years”, he would be moving on to the next stage of his career.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve our audiences and work with the best talent in the industry. I am very confident I leave the business well positioned to succeed,” he said.

“We have an outstanding slate of original programs across every genre that has won unprecedented recognition and is attracting major international interest. I am very proud of distinctive and quality programs like The Secret River, The Code and Cleverman that have gone to air during my time as director.”

“Amid fierce competition, iview remains the number one TV VOD service in the country with more than 50 hours of brilliant, original shows as well two new kids apps that are already loved by children and parents.”

“We have learned how to make valuable funds go further and have made tough decisions that are the seeds of future success within an industry that is undergoing rapid change.”

“Most of all, I’m proud of the incredible team in ABC TV that we have recruited, nurtured and developed. I know that the future of ABC TV and the national broadcaster is in highly capable hands.”

Finlayson said that he would assist ABC MD Michelle Guthrie with transition arrangements through to the end of March. His replacement is yet to be announced.