ABC corporate spokesperson resigns

Nick Leys ABC’s Media Manager, Corporate Affairs, has resigned after four years with the public broadcaster.

He will take up a new role as general manager for Corporate Affairs with the Australian Energy Council.

Leys was formerly a journalist with The Australian, working first under managing director Mark Scott and then Michelle Guthrie.

In a statement to TV Tonight Leys said,  “I’ve had almost five wonderful years at the ABC under Michelle Guthrie and before her Mark Scott. It has been an honour to call everyone at the ABC a colleague, and to play a role in helping them make the ABC the truly great national broadcaster it is.

“Despite budget cuts, politics, competitive pressures and culture wars, the ABC remains a treasured part of Australian life, and essential to our media and our society. Every Australian should demand it remains independent, well-funded and strong.”

In a note to staff Louise Higgins, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, said, “Nick has worked tirelessly for this corporation and he really does embody what the ABC values are and stand for. Nick’s thoughtful and measured manner meant the ABC really had a strong broker, especially when dealing with challenging times.  And the humility on this guy! We will miss him.  And I think we can all agree that Nick’s commitment and loyalty has been outstanding.”

Leys’ resignation follows the departure of Simon Francis from Seven and Neil Shoebridge from TEN, who remains a consultant.

He departs on June 20 with ABC yet to announce his replacement.

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