Mandy Chang has departed ABC in Australia to take on the role of commissioning editor of the BBC documentary strand Storyville.
Chang joined the ABC first as the arts commissioning editor and then as head of arts. More recently, she served as acting head of non-scripted TV. She has set the vision for both TV Arts and the iview Arts Channel. Among Chang’s recent projects are David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, Stop Laughing…this is serious (season two) and the documentary strand Artsville. As head of arts, she oversaw the iview Arts Channel. She will leave ABC in September.
David Anderson, the director of television at the ABC, said: “Mandy has been a fantastic advocate of the arts and has done an outstanding job of delivering vibrant and engaging content to all Australians over many years. She is highly regarded across the industry and brought a creative and innovative edge to the ABC arts team. Mandy is taking up a brilliant opportunity and we wish her the very best with this next stage of her career.”
Chang commented: “Over the past four and a half years I have been at the ABC, I have had the great privilege and pleasure of seeing and engaging with the best of the arts that this country has to offer and of working on an incredible slate of arts programming with some very talented people.”
She continued: “I am extremely proud of the work our passionate and hard-working little arts department has commissioned, made and overseen. I’m very sad to be leaving the ABC at this exciting and crucial time in its history, but I’m also looking forward to a new challenge.”