ABC appoints new Head of Children’s Production

The ABC has appointed Libbie Doherty as Head of Children’s Production.

Doherty joined ABC Children’s in 2015 and has been a Commissioning Editor, across such titles as Mustangs FC, My Year 7 Life, Grace Beside Me, Hardball and the upcoming sci-fi The Unlisted.

She previously worked as a producer and director in the independent production sector and was appointed Acting ABC Head of Children’s a year ago when Michael Carrington became Acting Head of Distribution, Entertainment & Specialist.

The position has responsibility for c ABC KIDS listen and on digital and third-party platforms, commission more than 350 hours of content.

Michael Carrington, Acting ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist, said: “Libbie has been an invaluable member of ABC Children’s, bringing huge levels of innovation to the team and leading many successful diversity projects such as International Day of the Girl and the DisRupted initiative.

“She is a champion of Australian children’s content and has been instrumental in creating the ABC’s world-class portfolio of programmes that reflect and celebrate children’s lives and experiences. I know our team and industry partners will join me in congratulating Libbie on her appointment.”

Doherty said: “I feel so proud of the work we do in ABC Children’s, every day, which makes an enormous contribution to the lives of young Australians. We are in a golden age of children’s entertainment, exemplified by outstanding ABC programmes such as Bluey and First Day. I am committed to continuing to deliver content that challenges expectations, ignites curiosity and reflects children’s lives.”

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