The broadcaster announced the new division last month and hopes to have it in place by mid-2015.
“I am confident that under Fiona’s leadership, this process will determine the best structure and brief for the new division and ensure that it delivers an enhanced service to audiences in regional and rural Australia,”ABC managing director Mark Scott said.
“At a time of immense change within the media sector, the role of the ABC in providing that important link to communities in distant parts of Australia becomes even more paramount.”
Launceston-based Reynolds has had a 26-year media career including extensive management experience in and outside the ABC and has reported, produced teams in print, radio, television and digital content.
She began her media career at The Examiner before 14 years as an ABC reporter, producer and manager in Hobart, Parliament House Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Reynolds oversaw ABC radio news operations across Queensland before moving back to Northern Tasmania with her family and taking up a regional reporting position. She was Tasmania’s first female daily newspaper editor and was appointed ABC State Director two years later.
She was named 2009 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year, has a Master of Arts (International Relations) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently completing a PhD in Journalism, Media and Communications with the University of Tasmania.
“I can’t wait to visit stations and offices across the country, meet community members and learn more about our diverse audiences and their needs,” she said.
An interim steering group, chaired by the Director of Corporate Affairs Michael Millett, will look at content, staffing, operations and financing.
Reynolds will start work on the new division on January 19th.