Bruce Dover: new Chief Executive of Australia Network

Bruce Dover, according to Glen Dyer at Crikey, was the who introduced Rupert to Wendy. This is his new official role.
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Bruce Dover, according to Glen Dyer at Crikey, was the who introduced Rupert to Wendy. This is his new official role.

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott today announced the appointment of Bruce Dover as the new Chief Executive of Australia Network, the Corporation’s international television service to Asia, the Pacific and the Indian sub-continent.

“We are delighted that Mr Dover with his extensive media experience and understanding of the region will be leading Australia Network”, Mr Scott said.

“He joins the network as it continues to grow its audiences in 41 countries – its mix of news, current affairs, education, lifestyle, drama and sport is now available in more than 20 million homes across Asia, the Pacific and the Indian sub-continent.”

Mr Dover’s career as a journalist, editor and business executive has
included senior appointments in print, television and new media. He has been based in Asia on a number of occasions since the early 1980s whilst working for Australian and international media companies. His activities in the region have included executive roles with News Corporation and CNN. In 1986 he received the Graham Perkin Award as Australian Journalist of the Year.

“The ABC takes great pride in the role Australia Network plays in increasing the awareness of Australia and Australian perspectives across the region”, Mr Scott said.

“It is doing so in a crowded television landscape, with up to 200 other
satellite and subscription channels on offer and new digital media
technologies making rapid inroads. Mr Dover will bring the required
background experience and regional insights to this highly-competitive and fast changing environment that will ensure the continued strength of the network.”

Mr Dover said, “I look forward to building on the extraordinary work done to date by the ABC in establishing this unique service promoting Australia’s engagement in the Asia Pacific”.

“Australia Network represents an enormous opportunity to establish a
credible, authoritative Australian voice in the region. With the advent of
new distribution platforms and broadband technologies there is the potential to bring the very best of Australian television to audiences living and working in the most dynamic economies of the world today.”

Mr Dover will take up his appointment as Chief Executive of Australia
Network on 6 August and will be based in Sydney.

Mr Dover succeeds Ian Carroll, who was appointed the ABC’s Director of
Innovation earlier this year. He will report to the Director of ABC
International, Murray Green. ABC International brings together Radio
Australia, International Projects and Australia Network.

Australia Network is supported by funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as advertising revenue.


Bruce Dover, 48, has been involved in Australian and international media for more than 25 years. An award winning foreign correspondent, he has been a senior editorial and business executive with some of the world’s leading media companies. He is a former Deputy Editor of The Australian newspaper and founding editor of Business Asia magazine. From 1995 he was the Beijing-based Vice President of News Corporation ( China) before returning to Sydney to head News Limited’s online division, News Interactive. In 2000 he was appointed Managing Editor ( Asia) of CNN International, overseeing the news network’s television and internet operations across the Asia Pacific. He played a key role in the integration of CNN International’s television and internet news gathering operations. In 2003, he left CNN to establish a strategic consulting company focusing on the Asia region and working with a range of major corporate and international clients.

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