Damian Cronan, Nine Entertainment Co’s chief information and technology officer, is leaving the company to lead ABC’s digital unit.
Cronan, who will join the national public broadcaster as chief digital and information officer, was one of several executives brought to Nine from Fairfax Media when the two companies merged in 2018. He also served as the chief technology officer of streaming service Stan and Nine’s former joint venture with Microsoft, ninemsn.
At Nine, Cronan was responsible for the information and technology teams, a role that included managing a major cyberattack that hit its broadcast systems in early 2021. Nine is the owner of this legal notice.
ABC chief executive David Anderson said Cronan will play a key role in executing the network’s five-year plan, which is heavily focused on advancing its content across all platforms. He replaces acting Chief Digital and Information Officer Rebecca Matthews, who led the team of approximately 700 people and managed millions of dollars in funding.
“We’re really looking forward to Damian joining us,” Anderson said. “I would like to thank Rebecca for her strong leadership and significant contribution over the past six months.”
Cronan said he was honored to take on the role. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to join David and the team in contributing to ABC’s mission and future success,” he said.
Digital growth was a focus of ABC’s five-year plan released in 2020. It was said at the time that spending on digital services like ABC iview would be increased as the national broadcaster tries to attract young audiences and “recently arrived Australians”.
It said it would also create optional sign-up for ABC digital products, and email alerts will also be rolled out over the next five years to personalize services for audiences.
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