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ABC News Director GAVEN MORRIS resigns

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In an internal announcement to ABC staff, Gaven Morris has chosen not to renew his contract when it expires, citing a desire to move on to other projects.

Morris began his career at the ABC as a 20-year-old reporter, before landing the Director of News, Analysis & Investigations role in 2015.

David Anderson, managing director at ABC, issued the announcement to staff, describing Morris’ departure a big loss for ABC News, one of Australia’s leading news brands.

Anderson said the success was due to Morris’ exceptional leadership, adding:

“Gaven’s contribution to the ABC has been enormous. His strategic vision and boundless drive and energy have been integral to a string of achievements, including leading the 2010 launch of the ABC NEWS Channel; spearheading ABC News’s rise to digital excellence ; creating the journalistic powerhouses of ABC Investigations and the Specialist Reporting Team; fostering News’s culture of diversity and inclusion; and driving the strategy to make News’s content and services more relevant to all Australians.”

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Anderson said Morris feels now is the right time to move on and seek other things to do in life.

In a note to the news division, Morris said:

“Since I began at the ABC as a 20-year-old reporter on the youth current affairs show Attitude, I’m proud to have worked at the ABC for close to 20 years in three separate stints. To have had the opportunity to lead ABC News is a personal and career highlight. It’s without doubt a challenging job, but also fulfilling and worthwhile. I’ve given it my all.”

“We’ve come an incredibly long way together in the past six years, undertaking two game-changing strategies in Equal Digital Life and More Relevant to More Australians. Their success has only been possible because of the dedication and teamwork of the talented people we have here – which is to say, all of you. You’ve done so much to respond to the rapidly changing habits of our audiences and to remain committed to serving the Australian public.”

Morris said he would continue to serve the ABC as long as is needed, and would keep staff updated on the recruitment process for a replacement in the News Director role, which would begin in the coming weeks according to Anderson.

He concluded his note by telling staff it was an honour to have walked among and worked alongside them.

After a long career in both Australia and overseas, Morris had held previous roles within the ABC including Head of News Content, National Editor for ABC News Online and Head of Continuous News.

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