ABC Children’s TV boss quits

2013-06-19_1622Tim Brooke-Hunt, ABC’s Controller of children’s content, has resigned to pursue new opportunities in children’s entertainment.

Brooke-Hunt has been in charge of children’s content for 6 years, including on both ABC3 and ABC4Kids (on ABC2) since they were established.

During this time he has overseen successes including Dance Academy, Giggle and Hoot, Prank Patrol and Play School. ABC2 shows continues to pull impressive multichannel numbers in the ratings.

Other local shows such as My Place, may not have attracted bumper audiences but have been landed multiple awards. Last week there was some questions over Bananas in Pyjamas animation having to wait 2 years for renewal.

Brooke-Hunt has also forged closer ties between the broadcaster and the animation industry, playing a leading role in establishing the Asian Animation Summit and developing ABC’s co-production relationships with Asian partners including China’s national broadcaster CCTV.

Tim Brooke-Hunt said “I leave ABC TV with renewed respect for public broadcasting, with gratitude to the talented producers of our programs, and with great pride to have worked with an exceptional team whose success will surely continue into the future.”

Richard Finlayson, Director of ABC Television, said: “There is no doubt that the dominance of ABC TV in the children’s area has been one of the great success stories for the ABC and this has been achieved under Tim’s leadership. We wish Tim well in his future endeavours.”

He will depart in September. ABC is yet to announce his replacement.

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