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ABC Chief Operating Officer quits

Another ABC exec has resigned.

David Pendleton has resigned as Chief Operating Officer after 20 years with the broadcaster.

He joined the ABC in 1996 and has been on the Executive since 2002, first as Director of Business Services and then as the ABC’s Chief Operating Officer.

His resignation follows the recent announcement by departing Director of TV Richard Finlayson.

In a statement ABC acknowledged Pendleton’s role in shaping the ABC’s operational base and in its digital expansion.

“He has provided outstanding service to a succession of ABC Boards and Managing Directors and his operational knowledge and financial expertise will be sorely missed. His input, guidance and leadership have been invaluable in managing one of the most complex media organisations in the country,” the statement read.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to contribute to Australia’s most respected media organisation,” he said. “I am proud of my team’s achievements during my time here as we have evolved from an analogue to a digital broadcaster.

“Despite the many challenges, we have continued to innovate and provide outstanding service to the Australian public.

“I would like to acknowledge the many MDs, Chairs, Board Directors, colleagues and teams I have worked with in my time at the ABC. I am confident that I leave the ABC in great shape with its best years ahead.”

Pendleton will leave at the end of the current financial year.

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