Media doyenne Ita Buttrose is tipped to become the next chair of the ABC, filling the void left by the exit of Justin Milne.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age report Communications Minister Mitch Fifield will submit her nomination to cabinet this week.
Her name was tipped by the newspapers last month, despite not being included in a shortlist by global recruitment firm Korn Ferry.
Buttrose, 77, carries extensive firsthand media experience including at Cleo, the Australian Women’s Weekly, The Daily Telegraph and was the first female director of News Limited. Television experience includes Ovation channel, Beauty & the Beast & Studio 10. She has an Order of Australia, an OBE and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NSW Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism in 2017.
If cabinet approves Ms Buttrose’s appointment, she would be only the second woman to take the top job at the public broadcaster after Dame Leonie Kramer in the early 1980s. A first duty would be appointing a permanent managing director.
“The government is undertaking a process to appoint a new ABC chair,” a government spokesman said. “No decision has been made and an announcement will be made in due course.”