Kate Torney resigns as director of ABC News

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 27 July 2015

Kate Tourney is stepping down as director of news at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), after six years in the role and 20 years with the network.

Tourney, who will leave ABC in September, will become the chief executive of the State Library of Victoria. Her tenure as director of news saw the launch of ABC News 24 and the expansion of the broadcaster's mobile and online services.

Mark Scott, managing director, ABC described Torney as "a passionate and inspiring leader of the news division in a time of remarkable change".

"What she has achieved with the news team over the past six years is extraordinary," he added.

"Kate's era has also seen a commitment to strong, robust reporting and journalism that has repeatedly won the highest accolades in the industry."

Kate Tourney paid tribute to her colleagues when announcing her resignation, and said it had been a privilege to work at the ABC and in journalism.

"For 20 years I have had the great pleasure of working with the industry's best and brightest smart, creative and passionate people who are deeply committed to serving audiences and determined to uphold the journalistic excellence which underpins the ABC's reputation," she said.