Nick Hayden, ABC Head of Entertainment on ideas, joy and management

The Entertainment space at the ABC is probably the most intense ideas machine in Australian TV. The ringmaster, Nick Hayden, gives a great interview.

An interview with the Head of Entertainment at the ABC ought to be fun and Nick Hayden has had a fascinating career path. What I didn’t expect was the sense of surprise and challenge he would convey.

Hayden has been plunging around in the ABC’s formatted fun space since 2016 and is now ‘driving its popular slate of programs such as Gruen, Hard Quiz, Mad as Hell, The Weekly, You Can’t Ask That and the upcoming Reputation Rehab’, according to a statement he probably wrote himself.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.