Global Task Force

The Global Task Force is a group of eight leaders of major public service media from around the world.

Established in 2020 and chaired by Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, the GTF provides “an important opportunity to strengthen the great work each of us does for citizens in our countries. I look forward to working with other like-minded public media around the world.”

Find out more about the the GTF members below.

David Anderson

Managing Director, ABC

David Anderson was appointed as the ABC’s Managing Director in May 2019 for a five year term.

Prior to his appointment, David served as Director Entertainment & Specialist from February 2018, expanding his previous role as Director Television to be responsible for all ABC radio music networks (triple j, Double j, Classic FM, Country and Jazz) podcasts and specialist radio content (Radio National) as well as broadcast television networks (ABCTV, ABC Kids, ABC Comedy, ABC ME). This also includes all on-demand products and services (iview, ABC Listen, ABC Kids Listen, ABC Kids), and the relevant network web and apps.

David has enjoyed a successful career in the broadcast television and media industry for nearly 30 years, with a long history as television executive and a strong track record in television production and commissioning successful programs across all genres.

Prior to his tenure as Director Television, David was the Director of the ABC’s Digital Network and Strategy & Planning divisions.  in his capacity as Director of Strategy & Planning, David worked to refocus expenditure in the organisation towards audience-focused content, products and services; and as Director of Digital Network, David was afforded the opportunity to lead the organisation’s digital transformation by looking at ways to engage new audiences online and creating a personalised and connected online network.

David also maintains positions on both Screenrights and Freeview Boards.

Thomas Bellut

Director General, ZDF

Thomas Bellut has been Director-General of ZDF since 2012.

After a training programme for TV-journalism at ZDF, he started his career as an editor and reporter for news and current affairs in 1985. Since then he worked in different roles and various areas for ZDF, on-air and off-air, among others as a correspondent from Berlin, presenter of electoral and special broadcasts, and head of the editorial division ‘Domestic Politics’. Prior to his appointment as Director-General he served as programme director of ZDF.

Thomas Bellut studied political sciences, history and journalism and holds a doctorate from the University of Münster.

Tim Davie

Director-General, BBC

Tim Davie became Director-General of the BBC on 1 September 2020. He is the 17th Director-General of the Corporation.

Prior to this, Tim was Chief Executive of BBC Studios, the BBC’s principal commercial subsidiary. Responsible for creating and distributing leading British content globally; Tim led BBC Studios from April 2013. Whilst in the role, he oversaw the merger between the BBC’s production arm and BBC Worldwide, the Corporation’s distribution company, and was responsible for an annual turnover of over £1.4bn.

Tim was acting BBC Director-General between November 2012 and April 2013. During his time at the BBC, he has previously held the role of Director of Audio and Music, with overall responsibility for the BBC’s national radio output, its digital services and performing groups, and Director of the Marketing, Communications and Audiences division.

Before joining the BBC, he was Vice President of Marketing and Franchise at PepsiCo Europe. Before this, Tim worked for Procter and Gamble after leaving Cambridge University where he read English.

Tim is a Trustee of the Tate, a Trustee of the Royal Television Society and co-chairman of the Creative Industries Council; he is a former chair of Comic Relief.

Tim was appointed CBE in 2018 for services to International Trade.

Delphine Ernotte Cunci

President & CEO, France Télévisions

Delphine Ernotte Cunci has served as the Chief Executive Officer of France Télévisions since 2015 after spending five years as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Orange Group.

After graduating from École Centrale Paris, Delphine started her career at France Télécom as a financial analyst and then as an engineer economist at FTR&D.

Moreover, she is also a member of the Board of Suez Environment Group, President of the Board of École CentraleSupélec Paris and a member of the Board of “Centquatre.”

She was awarded both the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite .

Jim Mather

Chair of the Board, RNZ

Dr Jim Mather is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe and English descent. He grew up in the communities of Te Teko, Ōtara and Māngere

He was appointed Chair of the Radio New Zealand Board of Governors in May 2018.

Previously Jim was the Chief Executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for five years.This followed nine years as Chief Executive of Māori Television, and prior to that he was Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust for almost three years.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Henley Business School in England and a Bachelor of Business Studies, as well as diplomas in business and management. He also completed a PhD in Māori economic development through AUT University in 2014.

With business management experience spanning 25 years, and a qualified accountant by profession, Jim has held a variety of private sector roles including General Manager of a marine engineering business and Financial Controller for a local subsidiary of a Swiss multinational.

Aligned with his commercial background, Jim is also a former officer in the New Zealand Army, and was awarded the Sword of Honour in recognition of his distinguished achievements in Officer training.

He currently holds governance roles with the following organisations:

  • Director of Auckland Transport
  • Director of Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited
  • Member of the MBIE Risk and Audit Committee
  • Managing Director of Mather Solutions Limited

Jim is passionate about Māori development, the media sector and the importance of education.

Hanna Stjärne

Director General, SVT

Hanna Stjärne started her journalistic career as a reporter, news anchor and foreign correspondent at Sveriges Radio.

She moved on to various management positions at the company, such as Director of Content. Hanna Stjärne was then appointed CEO and Editor in Chief at the newspaper group Upsala Nya Tidning. During her leadership the paper Upsala Nya Tidning was awarded several prizes – among them a prize for best digital cultural journalism. She started as Director General at SVT in 2015. Her leadership has focused strongly on digitalization, strong Swedish content and creating a modern public service company that engages all of Sweden.

Catherine Tait

President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada,
Global Task Force Chair

Catherine Tait was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on April 3, 2018, for a five-year term. She began her mandate on July 3, 2018.

As President and CEO, Catherine Tait is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada to ensure that Canada’s national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Prior to her appointment, Catherine co-founded New York-based Duopoly Inc, an independent film, television and digital content company, which she led as President from 2002 to 2018. She also co-founded iThentic, a digital content company, in 2006 and Hollywood Suite in 2010, a broadcasting company in Canada. Catherine was also previously the President and COO of Salter Street Films from 1997 to 2001. She has experience working for the Government of Canada as Director and Cultural Attaché with the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, and as Manager of Policy and Planning for Telefilm Canada where her passion for Canadian film and television content was ignited.

She’s been a member of a number of industry-specific boards including Comweb Group, DHX Media LTD, Hollywood Suite (which she co-founded), iThentic Inc, eOne Entertainment, CHUM Ltd, Aliant Inc, Rogers Mobile Film Fund and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.

Catherine holds a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies, Communications Theory from the University of Paris (1983), a Master of Science from Boston University’s School of Public Communication (1982) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1979).

In 2019, Catherine was named Playback’s Executive of the Year.

Yang Sung-dong

President and CEO, KBS

Mr. Yang Sung-dong is continuing his dedicated efforts to maintain the KBS’ impartiality, editorial integrity and independence in his second term as the 24th President and CEO of the nation’s primary public service media organization. He has also been striving to recreate KBS as the most trusted and competitive public service media brand in the country.

Under his stewardship, the primary public service media has recently been ranked the most trusted media and source of news among Korean viewers as it continues to serve the nation with essential news and information in the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Yang successfully hosted the Public Broadcasters International Seoul 2018 and KBS-ABU International Radio Forum which highlighted the critical roles of public service media in the ever-evolving media landscape.

Mr. Yang is looking forward to contributing his strategic visions and expertise to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union since he was elected as ABU Vice-President during the ABU General Assembly 2019. Mr. Yang has an extensive background in documentary production and investigative journalism since he joined KBS as a television producer and director in 1989. He created numerous quality current affairs programs for KBS including KBS Special and In-depth 60 Minutes. He currently serves as Director of the International Academy of Television Arts, Science.

Yang Sung-dong has a B.A. M.A. in Political Science from Korea University.