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New board members for national broadcaster

·1-min read

The national broadcaster has three new board members, with the Morrison government filling roles that had been vacant for up to six months.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has chosen Mario D'Orazio, Fiona Balfour and Peter Tonagh for five-year terms on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's board.

Their predecessors had left the board as late as November last year.

Mr D'Orazio's media career has spanned more than three decades at Channel 7 in Perth, while Ms Balfour has broad business experience focused on information technology.

Mr Tonagh has been chief executive officer at New Corp and Foxtel, and last year helped in the campaign to save Australian Associated Press from closing.

Earlier this month ABC chair Ita Buttrose bemoaned not playing a role in choosing the board members.

"That's a mistake. I don't know chairs of other companies who have no input into the composition of their board," she told the National Press Club in Canberra.

"As chair you know where you need to plug up a few gaps, you know what you're looking for.

"It doesn't make any sense to me that the chair isn't included in the decision-making."

The new appointees join Buttrose, ABC managing director David Anderson and four others in comprising the board.