Tim Brooke-Hunt, Controller of children's content across ABC Television, has advised that he will leave ABC TV in September to pursue new opportunities in children's entertainment.
Over the past six years, Tim has been instrumental in establishing Australia's most watched children's channels. Each week ABC3 and ABC4Kids reach almost 60% of Australian children aged up to 12 years.
Under Tim's leadership, ABC TV's children's programming has extended beyond the traditional areas of drama and animation into entertainment, sketch comedy, documentaries and factual/reality genres, including award-winning programs such as the historical drama My Place, the international hit series Dance Academy, as well as pre-school favourites Giggle and Hoot and Bananas in Pyjamas.
Tim has fostered partnerships with producers, distributors and international broadcasters, playing a leading role in establishing the Asian Animation Summit and developing ABC's co-production relationships with Asian partners including China's national broadcaster CCTV.
Tim has facilitated a diverse offering of children's content online and on mobile devices, allowing ABC TV to engage with young audiences in new ways. Children's programs are now the most popular content on ABC TV's iview service, accounting for more than 2 million program plays monthly.
Richard Finlayson, Director of ABC Television, said: "There is no doubt that the dominance of ABC TV in the children's area has been one of the great success stories for the ABC and this has been achieved under Tim's leadership. We wish Tim well in his future endeavours."
Tim Brooke-Hunt said "I leave ABC TV with renewed respect for public broadcasting, with gratitude to the talented producers of our programs, and with great pride to have worked with an exceptional team whose success will surely continue into the future."