Business Briefing with Justin Milne
Chairman, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
The ABC is Australia’s largest creative employer and plays a significant role in the lives of all Australians. Its programs have helped to shape our national conversations, tell our stories and reflect our culture since 1932. In its 86th year, the ABC remains the country’s most trusted media organisation and is watched, read or listened to by more than 70% of adult Australians each week.
Despite this, some are questioning whether we still need an ABC when we have a world of news and entertainment at our finger tips and global players are increasing competitive pressure on Australia’s commercial media operators.
ABC Chairman Justin Milne speaks to why these factors mean the ABC is more important than ever and how its ongoing digital transformation is strengthening Australian culture and the broader media sector.
About the Speaker, Justin Milne B.A., F.A.I.C.D.
Justin Milne became Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 1 April 2017.
He is also chairman of MYOB, and NetComm Wireless Ltd, and is a non-executive director of Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, NBN Co and Members Equity Bank Ltd.
During his executive career he was a group managing director at Telstra, responsible for BigPond Broadband and Telstra’s media businesses. Prior to working at Telstra, he was CEO of OzEmail and the Microsoft Network. Before moving to Sydney in the 1980s, he was a film producer in Adelaide. He is a past board member of the SA Economic Development Board, Quickflix Ltd, Pie Networks, a number of Chinese new media companies, and a past president of the Internet Industry Association of Australia. He is also President of the Leichhardt Rowing Club.