Campaigner against anti-semitism and racial violence appointed to SBS board
Long-time campaigner against racial violence Vic Alhadeff is the newest member of the SBS board, with the federal government making the appointment on Monday.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has also promoted board member Christine Zeitz to deputy chair of the multicultural broadcaster.
The former NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff has been appointed to the SBS board.
Mr Alhadeff was chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies until May, and has remained as a part-time consultant with the organisation since. He’s previously edited the Australian Jewish News.
He led a three-year campaign to outlaw incitement to violence based on race, religion, gender or sexual identity, which achieved legislative reform in NSW in 2018, and has been vocal on the issue since.
Earlier this year, he was involved in making a complaint against the other public broadcaster, the ABC, over an episode of Q&A which focused on violence between Israel and Palestine.
Mr Alhadeff said he was deeply honoured to join the SBS board.
“SBS plays a vital role in fostering understanding and appreciation of diversity in Australia,” he said.
“Its ethos accords precisely with my own, as I have dedicated my career to building a more resilient, respectful and inclusive society. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside the SBS board and executive to advance the organisation’s mission.”
His appointment is for five years.
Ms Zeitz, a leader in the defence industry as Northrop Grumman’s Asia Pacific general manager, joined the SBS board in 2018 as a non-executive director.
She’ll now be deputy to chairman George Savvides, who took the top role in July 2020.
Mr Fletcher congratulated Mr Alhadeff and Ms Zeitz on their appointments,
“They will strengthen the already diverse skills available to SBS’s leadership team, including in areas such as the Asia Pacific and multicultural affairs,” he said.
Recently, SBS condemned another of its board members, Warren Mundine, for contravening its code of conduct after he called a journalist an expletive on Twitter. Mr Mundine apologised and took a break from social media after SBS reminded him of his responsibilities as a board member and said the remarks were out of step with the broadcaster’s values.
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