STUART WATT

Managing Editor
ABC News Digital

Stuart has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist and has been leading the ABC’s digital news service since 2009.

After five years working for a business to business news magazine in London, Stuart joined the ABC in 1996. He was part of the team that launched ABC News Online the following year. He served as senior producer, sport executive producer, election coverage coordinator and manager of design and development before taking on the managing editor role. He has seen the team grow from just six people in 1997 to close to 100.

During his career, Stuart has played a key role in helping guide the ABC’s transition from an organisation focused entirely on TV and radio to one in which online and mobile are increasingly at the centre. Stuart has provided insight and guidance at a senior strategic level as the corporation has made this shift.

While his background is firmly editorial, Stuart’s long track record in digital media means he is also comfortable on the technical side of the business. In everything he and his team do, he is focused on the goal of helping Australians make sense of news events that are important to them, on the device of their choosing and at a time that is convenient for them.

In 2014 Stuart accepted a Walkley Award on behalf of his team for the ABC’s digital coverage of the conflict in Gaza. He is married and spends time observing the media consumption habits of digital natives via his three teenage children.