17 July 2018
The Turnbull Government would like to thank Mr Michael Ebeid AM for his exceptional leadership of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) over the past seven years, following today’s announcement that he will step down as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director by October 2018.
Mr Ebeid was appointed to the role of CEO and Managing Director in June 2011 and has been a great steward of the organisation during a time of tremendous change in the media.
Mr Ebeid has been a strong leader with a clear vision for SBS and the role it plays in supporting social cohesion and fostering a greater understanding of difference.
Under Mr Ebeid’s leadership, SBS has undertaken a deep commitment to Indigenous Australians and their stories through the launch of National Indigenous Television (NITV) as a national free-to-air television channel. This will be one of Mr Ebeid’s abiding legacies.
Mr Ebeid has demonstrated a profound commitment to public broadcasting and the contribution it makes to media diversity and civic journalism.
The SBS Board will undertake a thorough search for Mr Ebeid’s successor, and facilitate a smooth transition within the SBS executive leadership team.
The Government thanks Mr Ebeid for his service to the nation and wishes him well for his future endeavours.