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Kim Williams Endorsed By Anthony Albanese As New ABC Chair

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has recommended former News Limited chief executive Kim Williams be appointed the new ABC chair.

Mr Williams will replace Ita Buttrose when she steps down at the end of her term in March.

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“The ABC plays an essential role in Australia – it’s a pillar of our democracy, a lifeline in disaster, a voice for the regions and part of our cultural identity.” Mr Albanese said.

“It’s vital our national broadcaster has a safe and experienced pair of hands at the helm – and that’s what Kim will provide.

“Kim is eminently qualified to provide ongoing stability and leadership to this deeply valued Australian institution.”

Communications Minister, Michelle Rowland, who joined Mr Albanese at Wednesday’s press conference, paid tribute to Ms Buttrose.

“Ms Buttrose is a giant of the media and business worlds,” she said. 

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

“She was the right chair for the  right time.”

Mr Williams has worked previously as chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust, chief executive of News Limited, and executive positions at businesses including Foxtel, Southern Star Entertainment and Australian Film Commission.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the television, film, and arts industry in 2006.

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