ABC appoints Joe Gelonesi to lead ABC Classic and ABC Jazz networks


The ABC has appointed Senior Creative and Editorial Director Joe Gelonesi as ABC Classic and ABC Jazz Content Director to drive national networks’ continued commitment to distinctive Australian music and talent.

In his role as head of Australia’s only national radio stations dedicated to classical and jazz, Gelonesi will oversee initiatives such as the Classic 100 and Jazz 100 countdowns, the annual Festival of Women Composers, the ABC Jazz Artist in Residence program and the Composers’ commission fund for emerging artists.

Gelonesi, who featured on ABC Classic, joins the music network because it enjoys its highest audience figures ever. “The ABC Classic and ABC Jazz teams have been brilliant in forging true community bonds, supporting music creators – especially during tough times caused by COVID-19 – and engaging audiences across the country,” did he declare.

“I am very happy to have the opportunity to defend and support their efforts to bring Australians together through the wonderful shared love of music.”

Gelonesi has been a key member of ABC Radio National’s executive editorial team for nearly two decades, including most recently as Director of Religion and Ethics. As Senior Editorial Director at RN, he oversaw specialized genres and programming including music and the arts, science and religion.

He is a former presenter of The Philosopher’s Zone on RN and was part of the team for the first Triple J Hottest 100 (then known as the “Hot 100”). He also initiated and developed the successful ABC Top 5 media residency project for academics and early career practitioners in the arts, sciences and humanities.

His appointment as head of content for ABC Classic and ABC Jazz comes as Chris Scaddan, head of music and creative development for ABC’s Entertainment & Specialist division, has been appointed to lead audio projects at the ABC scale from July 19 to the end of 2022.

Scaddan, who has been on ABC’s radio and music teams for almost 20 years, will work across ABC’s three content divisions to develop a long-term strategy for audio services, including live audio / radio. , on-demand content and podcasts.

Meagan Loader, who manages Double J, ABC Country, and Rage, will be acting head of music and creative development for the next 18 months. Ryan Egan, Executive Producer of Double J, Programs, will assume the role of Loader during this time.

Chris Scaddan welcomed Gelonesi, Loader and Egan to their new roles on the ABC Music & Creative Development team. “The talent and passion they each possess is indicative of the dedication of the entire team to our audience on a daily basis,” he said.

“After more than a year of uncertainty due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, listeners have turned to our networks for company, joy, inspiration and direction. The role of the ABC as a full supporter of Australian music is more important than ever as we anticipate further successes in the audio space for many years to come.

Over the past few years, ABC Classic and ABC Jazz have attracted new and engaged audiences from across the country with successful initiatives, such as:

  • Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations featured a dedicated schedule throughout 2020, including the airing of every piece he wrote and a Classic 100 countdown dedicated to his compositions.
  • The launch of the Festival of Female Composers, the world’s first annual radio festival dedicated to the music of female composers.
  • The first classical choir in 2020 brought together over 500 participants singing a new Christmas carol commissioned from Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham.
  • The launch of the monthly ABC Jazz Artist in Residence program in 2020 allows musicians to share their stories and music with the public.
  • ABC Classic and ABC Jazz are the home of live music, with daily broadcasts featuring top Australian and international musicians and production teams located across the country.
  • The highlights of live music over the past three years have included Yo-Yo Ma’s Australian debut live from the Sydney Opera House, International Jazz Day on ABC Jazz and ABC TV, the directing Daniel Barenboim’s broadcast. the Berlin Staatskapelle and the Gondwana World Festival of Choral Music.

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