SBS appoints Dr. Bulent Hass Dellal as chairman

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The SBS board and executive have formally appointed Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO as the network’s new chairman, after he has been acting in the role since last year.

Dr Dallal was appointed to the role of director of the SBS board in 2010, and he was reappointed in 2015 for an additional three years.

He has most recently been acting chairman since the resignation of Nihal Gupta early last year. Gupta resigned from the role citing personal family reasons.

Michael Ebeid, SBS managing director, said: “Dr Dellal’s extensive knowledge of multicultural affairs, his many years of experience working with diverse community groups, and his strong connections within communities have been invaluable to SBS.

“I look forward to working closely with him and the Board as SBS continues to deliver distinctive programs and services which help migrants understand Australian culture and values, support Indigenous communities, and showcase the benefits of diversity to all Australians, while also continuing to invest in the organisation’s digital future – ensuring that SBS is in a great place for the years ahead.”

The role is a three-year appointment – which will take Dellal to the statutory limit of 10 years on the SBS board – and involves leading the board of directors, including Daryl Karp, Dorothy West, Peeyush Gupta, William Lenehan and Michael Ebeid.

Dellal said: “SBS’ unique ability to access, explore and share stories of Indigenous and multicultural Australia, for all Australians, continues to be one of our greatest and most valuable strengths.

“As the media sector continues to go through transformative changes, I look forward to working with the board and management to ensure SBS continues to play such a vital and special role in Australia’s future.”