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Richard Finlayson

new Director of Television for ABC


SBS's chief operating officer Richard Finlayson has been appointed the ABC'S new Director of Television.

In a surprise move, Finlayson has outpointed a number of television executives with greater programming and creative skills, believed to include former Ten programmer David Mott, former SBS TV programmer Matt Campbell and BBC Worldwide's Deirdre Brennan.

Finlayson replaces Kim Dalton, who left the public broadcaster.

It is believed Finlayson's appointment will allow the director of TV role to become more of an oversight and management one as creative department and channel heads commission and explore creative opportunities. It also aligns with the recent restructure of the television arm of the public department into a more BBC-style operation in which channel commissioners (for instance ABC1's Brendan Dahill and ABC2's Stuart Menzies) liaise with genre department heads while reporting to an overall television boss..

ABC managing director Mark Scott praised Finlayson's achievements in the "reshaping of SBS" although ominously, Mr Scott pointed to Mr Finlayson's "expertise in creative and change management and an ability to plot a course in a dynamic media environment."

Finlayson was previously managing director of The Weather Channel, director of programming acquisitions for XYZ Networks (Lifestyle Channel, Arena, V, Max and Weather) before becoming SBS's director of commercial affairs in 2005. He was promoted to the position as SBS COO in 2009.

Finlayson's departure from SBS concludes something of a generational executive change at the multicultural broadcaster with Campbell, marketing boss Jacquie Riddell, corporate affairs strategist Bruce Meagher and others leaving in the wake of Shaun Brown's departure as SBS MD.


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As small to medium sized arts organisations benefit from the new national arts policy, which they will happily do over the next 10 to 20 years, the stresses and strains on arts boards will grow.


Currently skills based boards of about nine people are the norm. The old days of office holders are gone; chair, secretary and treasurer, instead an open atmosphere often prevails. This can be OK, but imagine giving a group of arts workers of similar size cart blanche. With no position descriptions to guide them or management structures, a rule of personalities and unstructured inputs would terminate the organisation’s efficiency – especially as the organisation grows from its small core of idealistic founders to the next level. This same issue now visits, or plague, many boards.

A solution is to define the balance between a horizon-wide freedom a board needs (to accompany its legal requirements) with the need for an environment that will allow for thoughtful and effective strategic overview.

I propose that boards all have three sub-groups or committees that cover the following three areas:

1. Board performance – covering meeting processes, conflicts of interest, expertise and board self-evaluation.

2. CEO performance – setting and monitoring KPIs, remuneration and staff performance.

3. Finance – audit, budget overview, integrity of systems.

With a board of nine people I suggest you have three board members allocated to each of the three committees, and that they report regularly to the whole board on their activities, probably four times a year. This system would create an even information flow that ensures that the business plan and operation of a growing arts organisation is immune to shocks and stays on track. It should also allow for issues to be kept in perspective. And finally, in the longer term it will allow arts organisations to evolve their governance procedures to meet future needs.

My wish for the new arts policy is therefore that some attention is given to governance of arts organisations, because at the end of the day, it is good governance that will deliver the all important, lofty, ambitions of the new national arts policy, whatever art form sector you may be in.


 Joe Pascoe


Joe Pascoe has held a number of leadership positions in the arts and has sat at both ends of the board table. Joe is currently CEO & Artistic Director of Craft Victoria and held management roles at the Australia Council, Shepparton Art Gallery, Arts Victoria and Geelong Art Gallery. He has also been chair of NETS Victoria, deputy president of the Regional Galleries Association of Victoria and deputy chair of the Victoria Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Materials.  









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