The ABC has appointed a new Head of Factual Programming, Jennifer Collins, who has been serving as ABC TV Arts, Entertainment and Comedy’s Manager of Development.
Collins will oversee ABC’s slate of factual shows including Gardening Australia, Message Stick, Compass, Q&A, Talking Heads, The Cook and the Chef, Can we Help, Fora, Catalyst, and The Collectors. She will report to the Executive Head of Content Creation, Courtney Gibson.
“Factual programming is one of the core functions of ABC TV and Jennifer’s appointment will ensure we continue to offer viewers quality programs in this genre” says Director of Television Kim Dalton. “She will oversee the creative development of new concepts and ideas while ensuring our current programming slate is produced to the highest possible standard.”
Collins was previously an Executive Producer on Good Game, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Schools Spectacular, Strictly Dancing and The Glass House. She was also the developing Executive Producer on triple j tv and the Serious Games Initiative, the My Favourite format, and was Series Producer and later Executive Producer across all of Fly TV’s output.
“This is an exciting opportunity to deliver relevant and distinctive factual content to ABC audiences across all our channels and platforms,” she said. “I look forward to working across what is already a wonderful slate of programs.”
In 2007 Kim Dalton restructured management positions which saw the abolition of ABC TV Head of Factual, with Denise Eriksen proceeding to SBS.
The new position was recently advertised as a 12 month contract.