Content is king for ABC's Gibson


SYDNEY -- The Australian Broadcasting Corp. has promoted Courtney Gibson to the new role of executive head of content creation, the pubcaster said Thursday.

Gibson is being elevated from her current post as head of arts, entertainment and comedy to the new job, which was created under a management restructure announced by ABC head of television Kim Dalton in May.

Gibson will lead and manage the network's content development and production across all genres, with the exception of children's television.

"Courtney is an ideal choice for the role," Dalton said. "She is dynamic and enormously passionate about creating Australian content. She has extensive experience in a vast array of genres both here and in the U.K., and has worked collaboratively with broadcasters and independent producers in both countries."

During her term as head of arts, entertainment and comedy, Gibson has commissioned some of the ABC's most recognized and popular programming, including top-rated music trivia show "Spicks & Specks," satires "The Chasers War on Everything" and "We Can Be Heroes," and arts programs "First Tuesday Book Club" and "Sunday Arts."

She takes up her new post Nov. 5.