“Earlier on Monday, the ABC announced two high-profile appointments to its content ranks, both from commercial streaming competitors, as the broadcaster attempts to compete for streaming audiences via ABC iview. Former Stan commissioning boss RachelOkine was tapped as the ABC’s head of scripted, with former Netflix executive SusieJones taking the reins as the broadcaster’s head of factual.
“Some staff read the note, friendly as it may have been, as a warning shot symbolic of a more cut-throat working environment under their new boss, sources told Crikey . It wasn’t all bad news, though. There was praise for the ‘massive numbers’ secured by the return of Back Roads, a series following journalist HeatherEwart’s visits to remote towns and regions, which continues to prove a ‘clear audience favourite’, Oliver–Taylor said.”