The ABC has appointed new managers to run four of its key metropolitan radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.
Dina Rosendorff has been appointed Local Manager, ABC Radio Melbourne; Simon Scoble Local Manager, ABC Radio Brisbane; Samantha Stayner Local Manager, ABC Radio Hobart; and Melanie Withnall Local Manager, ABC Radio Sydney.
The vacancies within the ABC’s Capital City network are the result of the March restructure of content teams across television, radio, digital and news platforms.
Head of the ABC’s Capital City Network Warwick Tiernan welcomed the new appointments saying: “All four managers bring a wealth of broadcast experience to their new roles, coming from both inside and outside the ABC.”
ABC Radio Melbourne
Dina Rosendorff has worked across print, radio and television, beginning her journalism career with the Herald Sun newspaper, where she won a Quill Award for Young Journalist of the Year. She then joined ABC News, before spending two years in Boston, MA, working for the NPR affiliate radio station, WBUR. Dina returned to her hometown Melbourne in 2014 to join RN, where she has held roles including RN Drive Executive Producer, Journalism Editor and Arts Editor. Dina takes up her new role at ABC Radio Melbourne next week.
ABC Radio Brisbane
Simon Scoble has more than a decade as an editorial leader at the ABC and before that at the Seven Network. Simon began his media career in commercial radio and then spent six years in television as a News Producer for Seven in Queensland. For the past five and a half years he’s been the Local Manager in Darwin where he has led the team in creating distinct Local content that reflects the character of the city and its people. Simon will join ABC Radio Brisbane in mid-June.
ABC Radio Hobart
Samantha Stayner is a former Content Director at ABC Radio Melbourne, where she led emergency broadcasting during the Black Saturday fires of 2009 and later appeared as the ABC witness at the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. As a content maker, most recently as senior producer with Rafael Epstein’s Drive program at ABC Radio Melbourne, she has produced and presented outstanding ABC programs from the city to the desert for more than 20 years including in Ballarat and Alice Springs. Sam will join ABC Radio Hobart in early July.
ABC Radio Sydney
Melanie Withnall is currently the Managing Director at Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, which runs 2SER 107.3. She is also the Vice President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. Melanie was part of the team that won Gold and Silver Awards at the New York Radio Festivals in 2017, and is passionate about 2SER’s educational mission to train young journalists. Prior to her current role, Melanie was senior producer of Mornings at ABC Radio Sydney. She has also worked as a Radio lecturer at the AFTRS, and an Executive Producer at 2UE and 2GB. Melanie will join ABC Radio Sydney later in July.