The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has questioned Network 10’s commitment to children’s TV after the departure of Cherrie Bottger.
The network is not replacing Bottger, who retired late last year after 17 years as head of children’s TV, having championed numerous shows including Totally Wild and Jonathan M Shiff’s The Bureau Of Magical Things, Mako Mermaids and H20: Just Add Water.
Her duties will be shared among the team who worked closely with her over the years – probably no surprise since the commercial free-to-air networks have long lobbied the government to abolish the kids’ quotas.
Actf CEO Jenny Buckland told If: “With Cherrie gone at Ten, what we really lose is any competition for the ABC children’s services. Without replacing her, but instead having people share her different responsibilities,