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Appointed Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a five-year term from July 5, 2006, extended from July 2011 for another five years. Under his leadership, the structure and operation of the ABC has been transformed and the ABC's services and reach have been dramatically expanded.
Mark Scott has also led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of Respect, Integrity, Collegiality and Innovation.

The ABC has established a reputation as Australia's leading digital media innovator, providing content to audiences on the devices they want and in a format and at a time they prefer. With an annual budget of $1.1 billion, the ABC provides Australia's most comprehensive range of digital media services:
In Radio, four national radio networks, 60 local stations and a suite of digital channels; Four free-to-air television channels - ABC1, ABC2, the Children's Channel ABC3 and ABC News24 - plus the groundbreaking catch-up service, iView; An expanding online operation, including The Drum; Unrivalled news coverage - covering local, national and international beats; and an extensive international broadcasting arm.

Each week, almost three-quarters of Australians aged over 18 use these services. Before joining the ABC, Mr Scott served 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with Fairfax Media, Editorial Director of the Fairfax newspaper and magazine division and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolitan, Regional and Community newspapers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, and Master of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.