The ABC has named Gaven Morris to replace Kate Torney as its director of news.
The move sees Morris take the reins of the public broadcaster’s 1,400 staff strong news division at a time when the broadcaster is in the process of looking for a replacement for managing director Mark Scott who is set to depart next year.
Morris, who has headed the ABC’s News 24 channel for the last three years, will take the role of director while head of news gathering Craig McMurtrie has also been named to the new role deputy director of ABC News.
ABC managing director Mark Scott welcomed the appointments, which came after a long and closely watched recruitment process.
“The ABC is the nation’s most trusted news gathering organisation and I am confident that in appointing Gaven and Craig it remains in reliable hands,” said Scott.
“Gaven comes to this role with a strong record in managing the complexity of large news rooms and, in particular, building news brands such as ABC News 24. He is well positioned to lead ABC News into its next chapter.”
Morris said that he was “pleased to be asked to lead ABC News’ team of dedicated staff and to serve the community by providing all Australians with an outstanding independent news service.
“In a changing media landscape, original and distinctive journalism is more important than ever. Craig and I look forward to leading the team.”
Before joining the ABC Morris previously work at Al Jazeera, CNN and Ten.
McMurtrie is an ABC veteran and was previously North American bureau chief and before that Canberra political editor.
Torney announced she would depart back in July to take up the role of CEO of the State Library of Victoria.
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