New Head of Children’s Production at Australia’s ABC


Libbie Doherty has been appointed head of children’s production at the ABC, overseeing a roster of Australian children’s content across ABC KIDS, ABC ME, ABC KIDS listen and on digital and third-party platforms.

Doherty joined ABC Children’s in 2015 and has been instrumental in the creation of such shows as Mustangs FC, My Year 7 Life, Grace Beside Me, Hardball and the upcoming sci-fi series The Unlisted. As head of children’s production, she will commission more than 350 hours of content across the ABC’s two children’s TV channels and will oversee in-house development and production across platforms.

Michael Carrington, acting ABC director of entertainment and specialist, said: “Libbie has been an invaluable member of ABC Children’s, bringing huge levels of innovation to the team and leading many successful diversity projects such as International Day of the Girl and the DisRupted initiative.

“She is a champion of Australian children’s content and has been instrumental in creating the ABC’s world-class portfolio of programs that reflect and celebrate children’s lives and experiences. I know our team and industry partners will join me in congratulating Libbie on her appointment.”

Doherty said: “I feel so proud of the work we do in ABC Children’s, every day, which makes an enormous contribution to the lives of young Australians. We are in a golden age of children’s entertainment, exemplified by outstanding ABC programs such as Bluey and First Day. I am committed to continuing to deliver content that challenges expectations, ignites curiosity and reflects children’s lives.”